How To Get Covid Relief At McDonald’s With Birmingham Urban League

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McDonald’s is making Covid assistance easier than ever. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham Urban League teamed up with Thornton Enterprises, McDonald’s, for the Community Pop-Up Tour. This duo is lending a helping hand to Jefferson County residents through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Learn how you can get involved.

The Community Pop-Up Tour

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The Community Pop-Up Tour is making access to assistance easy for Jefferson County residents. Photo via Birmingham Urban League

Jefferson County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was established last year. It provides Covid relief to Jefferson County residents outside of Birmingham city limits. ERAP provides both rental and utility assistance to qualified applicants. Now, Birmingham Urban League teamed up with Thornton Enterprises, McDonald’s for a series of community pop-ups. This makes access to ERAP assistance even easier.

The Community Pop-Up Tour will take place every Wednesday from 1-4 PM at Thornton Enterprises McDonald’s stores around Jefferson County. The tour will start on August 11 and ends on September 22.

Our awesome local sponsors

People at the first McDonald's/ Birmingham Urban League community pop-up
Left to right: Jerome Crumpton of V94.9. Muriel Bailey of ABC 33/40. Dale Thornton of Thornton Enterprises. William A. Barnes, President and CEO of Birmingham Urban League. Vincent C. Parker of WBRC Fox 6. Kelli Solomon, Vice President of Programs and Operations of Birmingham Urban League. Photo via Twelve21
  • Birmingham Urban League: Birmingham Urban League’s purpose is “empowering communities and changing lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing, and health.” BUL is also one of ERAP’s managing organizations.
  • Thornton Enterprises will be hosting the community pop-ups at their stores. Thornton Enterprises was created by Larry Thornton as the first black owned McDonald’s franchisee. He now owns seven locations around metro Birmingham with son Dale Thornton.

Local favorites such as Joe Lockett of The Joe Lockett Show, radio station V 94.9 and What’s Happening Birmingham will also be a part of the Community Pop-Up tour.

Do I qualify?

Rental Assistance webpage
Jefferson County Rental Assistance Program webpage. Photo via Jefferson County
  1. Be a Jefferson County resident outside of Birmingham city limits
  2. Have a household income less than 80% of the median area income
  3. Be at risk of homelessness
  4. Have documentation of financial hardship

Where to catch the Community Pop-Up Tour

Neon McDonald's sign with burger and fries
These local stores are helping residents in need. Photo via Third Serving on Unsplash

Isn’t it awesome that McDonald’s and Birmingham Urban League are teaming up to help locals? To share this resource with friends, visit us @BhamNow on Facebook.

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