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Habitat COVID Communiques
- May 22, 2020
- May 15, 2020
- May 8, 2020
- May 1, 2020
- April 24, 2020
- April 17, 2020
- April 10, 2020
- April 3, 2020
- March 27, 2020
Habitat Partners with Schoolhouse Thrift and Book Baskets to get books, toys and games in the hands of Habitat kids
Rent Waived for All Southwood Residents
This week, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation announced a $143,748 grant to Habitat to enable us to waive two months’ rent, water and sewer charges for residents of the Southwood mobile home park during the COVID-19 crisis.
Southwood is the largest mobile home park in the area, with a population of approximately 1,500 people, one-third of whom are children. Residents earn low or very low wages, typically only 15% - 50% of area median income. Habitat purchased the park in 2007 with the goal to redevelop it into a mixed income, mixed use community in partnership with the residents without displacement. Because many of Southwood's residents work for hourly wages in the service industry, they have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Habitat staff members are maintaining contact with families in the neighborhood and estimate that 50% are now experiencing job loss or a reduction in their work hours. At the same time, a high proportion of residents are still at work in the community, providing key front line, essential services such as health care, food preparation and delivery. Many of these families have lost access to childcare and other essential supports during the crisis.
Habitat Launches Mask-Making Partnership
Habitat is partnering with Cville Craft Aid to help make and distribute thousands of protective masks that may help protect against the transmission of coronavirus.
While a shortage of protective masks for health care workers has dominated the news, the Centers for Disease Control now recommends that anyone venturing out into many public places wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. But commercially available masks have long since disappeared from retail shelves and the only masks available to most people are homemade.
Distributing protective gear is not typically part of Habitat's mission, but our organization has expanded its scope in response to the pandemic. An interim plan to address the crisis was recently approved by Habitat's Board of Directors.
As of May 24, 2020, the Mask Program has:
- Supported the distribution of 6100+ masks (1500/week)
- Supported distribution of masks to over 65 different organizations and public housing locations
- Engaged with over 140 volunteers
- Supported the distribution of 160+ kits (~4,800 masks)
To learn more about the Mask Program, click here.
Habitat partners with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to vulnerable citizens
Reaching Out: Safely Supporting Habitat Partners
When we received 150 gift cards from an anonymous donor, we were tasked with getting them to people in need as quickly as possible. Valued at $50 each, the cards are redeemable at local businesses including Reid's Market and the Market Street Market. But how do you hand them out in the time of COVID-19?
Larry Scott, our Community Engagement Associate and a Habitat homeowner himself, personally delivered many of those cards on foot directly to our Pathways families and to Habitat homeowners. Using a five-foot long rake, he placed each gift card in the tines of the rake and used it to pass them to Habitat neighbors while creatively maintaining social distancing.