American currency, hundred dollars, fifty dollars, twenty dollars, ten dollars, one dollar and some change photographed on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Pittsburg,Calif. Currency, banks, retail services. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

The City of Stockton’s Economic Development Department announced this week the availability of over $1 million in funding aimed to help homeless individuals and families facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roughly $1.5 million will be distributed to homeless Stockton residents in order to prevent, prepare for and respond to the on-going pandemic after applicants fill out an online application.

Individuals interested in receiving aid can submit their application online using the Neighborly portal which can be found at https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/stocktonca/Participant.

The city said the money was made available through the Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act, a financial fund from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of California.

Funding from the program will be distributed until all the money has been awarded.

Applications mailed, faxed, emailed or turned in in-person will not be accepted.