News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

 

These last several weeks have been difficult for our community. Throughout this public health emergency, I have remained dedicated to serving our district, ensuring you have access to critical informational resources, and connecting with small business owners, faith leaders, local elected officials, civic leaders, and frontline health care personnel. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. Scroll below for a recap of my past week:

 

Assisting Local Foodbanks

 

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On Friday, I volunteered alongside Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue Tiffany Boyle at the mobile food drive in Hampton. In these trying times, the efforts of our local foodbanks are critical to our community. With almost 10 million Americans filing for unemployment in the past two weeks, food insecurity is an issue throughout our nation. Last week, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank provided a weeks’ worth of groceries to more than 400 families. Rest assured that the federal, state, and local governments are working together to help those in need.

 

Connecting with Our Faith Communities and Nonprofits

 

I had the opportunity last week to speak with the Tidewater Minister’s Conference, Reverend Ludwig from the Williamsburg Unitarian Church, Pastor Michael Blakenship of Bayside Apostolic Church, Pastor Jose Villarreal of Iglesias De Dios Ebenezer Church, and Hampton Roads Community Foundation about the essential relief provided by faith-based organizations throughout Hampton Roads. In the CARES Act, there are several provisions to help faith-based organizations and nonprofits, such as creating an above-the-line charitable giving deduction worth up to $300 on this year’s tax returns.

 

Support for Our Restaurant and Hotel Industries

 

I recognize the economic hardships faced by critical segments of our regional economy and will continue to support additional relief for our small business owners and the tourism industry that employs thousands of Coastal Virginians. Last week, I checked in with leadership of the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association, the Virginia Beach Hotel Association, the Williamsburg Restaurant Association, Hampton Roads  Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting small businesses across Coastal Virginia and ensure their members have a direct line of communication to my office.

 

Funding for Eastern Shore Rural Health System

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This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded grant funding to the Eastern Shore Rural Health System to assist with their response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is critical that we give health care infrastructure the resources they need during this public health emergency. Earlier this month, I advocated for the passage of a robust supplemental appropriations bill to ensure a comprehensive response to COVID-19, and I was pleased to see this funding will help our health care providers here on the Eastern Shore.

 

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Please know that during this trying time, my team and I stand ready to serve our community. For helpful guidance to keep you and your family safe, please click here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our offices via the numbers below.

 

Sincerely,

 

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