Legal-name: Hope Charity International
Address: 350 Vinton Avenue
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Dr. Vandana Agarwal, M.D, FACP—President and CEO
ContactName: Dr. Vandana Agarwal, MD, FACP
Title: President and CEO
GrantPurpose: We will provide financial support and emergency supplies to cancer patients who have lost employment and/or insurance due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Long Beach, California.
Periodoftime: April 2020 – October 2020
Audienceserved: Low-income, unemployed, homeless, food insecure, elderly
Demoofaudience: Based on cancer statistics and unemployment rates, we estimate our patients will be largely older than 55 (63%) and disproportionately Black and Hispanic people. All of our clients will be low-income, unemployed, and/or uninsured/underinsured.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Hope Charity International (HCI) is an organization dedicated to ensuring that every cancer patient receives the treatment he or she deserves. We provide financial assistance to cancer patients unable to pay for the cost of treatment, support, and other related services alone. We also provide resources and referral services to community support groups, transportation organizations and other vital services so that patients receive the love and support they deserve.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, HCI has been called upon to provide even more resources to low-income cancer patients who find themselves unemployed, furloughed, or with reduced hours. We continue to provide financial assistance to low-income and uninsured cancer patients who rely on us to afford medication, food delivery, travel vouchers, and other essentials. We have also been working to provide support to patients and hospitals in crisis. For example, we delivered 1,000 pizzas for staff and 7,000 nutritional supplement drinks for patients in area hospitals and doctors’ offices the weekend of April 4th.
The California Department of Public Health indicates that low-income individuals are more likely to get cancer in California, in large part due to higher rates of cancer-causing infections and higher exposure to environmental risks. For these patients, costs can already put treatment out of reach. Poor, uninsured, and underinsured Californians also tend to have systemic barriers to preventive care and early detection services, and they are less likely to receive standard treatment when diagnosed. This means they are more likely to experience a late-state diagnosis, which carry the costliest treatments. In short, the people least likely to be able to afford treatment are the most likely to need them.
As this pandemic progresses, those who could afford their treatments with their own income or income from their partners or families suddenly find themselves having to choose between treatment and food or shelter. In addition, due to their immunocompromised conditions, every time cancer patients must leave their homes for food, pick up their medications at the pharmacy, go to work, or to get treatment they are putting their lives at risk. Low-income cancer patients who cannot afford food delivery, to stay home, or private transportation are some of the most vulnerable people in Long Beach.
With current unemployment projections, we expect responding to patient needs to at least double, which will strain our financial capacity and threaten our ability to provide services in the future. Our services are primarily supported through private donations, as well as a cash reserve we have been relying on to provide care as we build sustainability in our funding model. Without additional support, we will run through our reserves and be unable to provide support for patients who desperately need assistance.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : HCI will provide support for cancer patients in Long Beach who have become unemployed or furloughed, lost their insurance, or can otherwise not afford the cost of their cancer treatments due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will provide direct financial assistance, as well as supportive services such as food delivery, transportation, and other vouchers for patients so they can stay in their homes as much as possible. In addition, we will secure protective masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, and sanitizer for patients.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : We will assist low-income patients who are facing financial hardships due to job loss or other costs of the Coronavirus pandemic in Long Beach, California. We expect most of these patients to be new to our organization as cancer patients lose income and health coverage due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? To date, HCI has not received any other disaster recovery funds to support our services to clients during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have received a handful of small private donations to support patients during this time.
What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: HCI is currently applying to the following organizations to provide disaster recovery support of our program: Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund, OC Community Resiliency Fund, California Endowment Fund, California Community Foundation, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.