March, 18 2020
Concerns about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) underscore the nonprofit sector’s critical role in the welfare of our communities. At Habitat, our dual concerns are the health and safety of our Partner Families, staff, nonprofit partners, and those most at risk along with the need to be good global citizens and do our part to slow the spread of the virus.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is therefore taking a number of steps in response to COVID-19. While continuing to assist our neighbors in securing safe, decent housing, we will adjust our operations as follows.
Main Office – The main office will be closed until at least Friday, March 27. Habitat staff will be available by phone between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call us at (434) 293-9066 and you will be directed to the staff member who can best help you. Application materials and other business materials can be placed in the drop box at the main office. We will retrieve items from this box several times daily.
Habitat Store – The Store will remain closed through at least Saturday, March 28. All Store volunteer activity will be suspended until further notice. The E-Store is still open for business. Customers can arrange a special no-contact pick-up time for their purchases at the Habitat Store location on Harris Street.
Build Sites – Habitat build sites are open for employees and subcontractors, but closed to volunteers. This will allow us to continue building homes while limiting social contact.
Southwood – Both the Property Management office and the Community Facilitation and Redevelopment trailers at Southwood will be closed to walk-in business at least through Friday, March 27th. Phone calls will be routed to the appropriate staff person so that there is no disruption in resident services. All community meetings have been cancelled.
How Can You Help?
As always, we appreciate the support you give to our mission and to our partner families. If able, please consider a financial contribution so we can continue helping local families, both current and future, who need safe, stable and affordable homes. You can click here to donate, purchase a Habitat Store gift card on our E-store, or shop on our E-Store.
Also, please remember to take care of yourselves – both physically and emotionally -- in these stressful times.
Together we will continue to help make Charlottesville a place where everyone can find a safe and decent place to live. Thank you for building a caring community alongside your friends and neighbors at Habitat and thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.
For local closings, delays, and cancellations click here
The Health Department has asked that we do whatever we can to share reliable resources about virus preparation and response with the community.
The two main websites to visit for credible advice:
Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Updates
For Questions about CoronaVirus call the Thomas Jefferson Health District Hotline at 434-972-6261
UVA Teen Health Center has converted to a testing center: 434-982-6843
- Must Call in Advance, No Walk-Ins
- Not Testing Well Individuals
- Only test if meeting current CDC Guidelines
We – the Habitat Family, Charlottesville and the Global Community – will get through this.
As global citizens and good neighbors, we are taking these aggressive, proactive steps out of an abundance of caution to limit the amount of contact among ourselves and the general public. At the same time, the work that we do, day after day, is critical to the lives of the families we partner with. We can and must keep things moving forward, while at the same time focusing on the health and welfare of our community.
This page will be updated on a weekly basis
Last update: 3.18.2020