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SWFL non-profits team up to feed those who are shut in due to coronavirus pandemic

With the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak still rippling across Florida and the rest of the country, some Collier County residents could soon get help paying their rent or mortgage.

County officials last week announced a $1.4 million rental and mortgage assistance program, funded through a combination of state and federal dollars and to be administered with the help of the United Way of Collier County and the Keys.

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Kelvin Rodriguez Santana, center, watches his sons, Jackson Rodriguez, 5, left, and Javier Rodriguez, 7, right, as they play with a train set at Valerie's House in Naples on Friday, September 6, 2019. Rodriguez Santana's wife died last year, and he has been taking his sons to the grief program at Valerie's House. He plans to take his mother, who has stepped in to help him care for the boys, to their new Spanish-language programs, which are set to start in October.

Valeries House Spanish Speaking Program
Valeries House Spanish Speaking Program

Kelvin Rodriguez Santana, center, poses for a portriat with his sons.

Valeries House Spanish Speaking Program

Kelvin Rodriguez Santana helps his son with a construction worker costume.

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