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March 13, 2020

Community HousingWorks Responds to COVID-19

Dear Friends and Supporters of Community HousingWorks:

As you know, Community HousingWorks’ mission is to provide and build affordable apartment communities across California.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating special threats to the most vulnerable people that we serve, including seniors and people with disabilities.  The pandemic’s effects are also heightened by the everyday challenges faced by other vulnerable people, including lower income residents, those who speak English as a second language, and newcomers afraid of seeking publicly-funded medical attention that might threaten their future citizenship opportunities. We serve all of them.

Service above self and Find a way or make a new one are two of Community HousingWorks’ key values – and we are drawing on them now! We want to share some of the ways Community HousingWorks is working to safeguard the well-being of our residents, staff, on-site partners, and our larger community in the face of COVID-19.

We are closely monitoring and following guidelines from the CDC, state, county, and city public health agencies. We’ve created an internal task force that meets daily to facilitate both proactive measures and swift action where needed.

Here are some of the things we’ve done so far:

 

- We have cancelled or postponed all large group events at our existing apartment communities, including our two ground-breaking events in San Diego and Vista, and have temporarily suspended our after school programs.

For staff and board, we are implementing social distancing guidelines, and are converting in-person meetings over 6 people to virtual meetings.

We are working with our general contractors and property management companies to make sure that both our communities and the health of their staff, subcontractors and vendors are protected.

With our service partners, we are quickly reviewing and implementing creative ways to support our residents, sometimes remotely. We’re paying special attention to the health stressors on our most vulnerable senior, formerly homeless and disabled residents, and to the sharp income reductions that will result from this rapid economic slowdown.

 

As we keep a watchful eye on the situation, we are prepared to adapt to new developments with both compassion and urgency.

Some of our supporters have reached out to ask how they can support the Community HousingWorks residents who are affected by this issue across the state. Our eviction prevention services and resources will have to expand quickly! You can donate to support our Achieve Resident Services at donate.chworks.org.

 
 
Sincerely,
 
Sue Reynolds
President & CEO
Community HousingWorks