May 06, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Family Resource Network, Center on Budget and Policy, REALTORS Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Family Resource Network, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, and West Virginia Association of REALTORS to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“West Virginians continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic every day and we must continue to support one another through these difficult times. Today I listened to the concerns of the West Virginia Family Resource Network, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, and West Virginia Association of REALTORS who continue to support their communities through this pandemic, and I answered their questions about support for communities across West Virginia. I will continue to fight to ensure West Virginia receives the support and help we need,” said Senator Manchin.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affirmed the importance of Family Resource Networks in every county across West Virginia, as impacted families look to us more than ever for resource and basic needs referrals and sources. It has also served as an important reminder that charitable organizations and government programs like SNAP are both vital to serve the need in our communities,” said April Miller, Executive Director of the Tucker County Family Resource Network.

“We know that the impacts of this pandemic will be felt by our residents for months and years to come, and we are hopeful that the federal response will reflect the need for longstanding support for our programs and our state’s residents. We thank Senator Manchin for taking the time to talk with us today and to listen to our concerns,” said Deanna Palmer, Chair of the WV Alliance of Family Resource Networks and Executive Director of the Lewis County Family Resource Network.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for West Virginia families. The need for public services is growing just as state and local revenues are suffering due to the economic crisis. We thank Senator Manchin for talking with us today and understanding the need for a sustained federal response to support West Virginians,” said Kelly Allen, Director of Policy Engagement and Interim Deputy Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

“The West Virginia Association of REALTORS thanks Senator Manchin for taking time today to speak with us, answer our questions, and hear our concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. As REALTORS, our members are seeing the economic impacts of this terrible virus on our communities and businesses. We must continue to work together as a state to solve the issues facing us and we will continue to support our communities and our state throughout this crisis,” said Raymond Joseph, CEO of the West Virginia Association of REALTORS.

Over the last month, Senator Manchin has participated in calls with West Virginians representing the healthcare, banking, press, law enforcement, local government, education and business communities.  

Senator Manchin launched an information resources page where West Virginians can learn more about the coronavirus pandemic and how to protect themselves and their families. To learn more please click here.

To receive daily updates from Senator Manchin on the coronavirus pandemic, please click here