COVID-19 Update: Still Moving Forward
For the duration of the stay-at-home orders, staff worked closely with our clients through phone, email, and other online meeting sources. It was immediately apparent that the families in our Self-Sufficiency Program were being highly impacted. When job losses started and childcare and school ended, we saw more financial and physical and mental health issues added to the circumstances they had been working so hard to overcome.
Our Partner families pay rent based on 30% of their monthly income, which we then use for property upkeep. Because of special funding we received from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation/ Pikes Peak United Way COVID Relief Fund and the State COVID Relief Fund we are able to provide rent waivers to families who have lost income. Partners in Housing also uses these funds, along with donations, to provide food, hygiene products, baby products and gift cards for other items.
Through this time of many changes we have learned that some things will return to pre-COVID normal and some things will be a New normal. In this new way of working and learning, many of the Partner families lack the technology services, training, and equipment necessary to achieve their goals. Partners in Housing is working diligently with plans to assist in overcoming these obstacles so work from home employment opportunities, adult education, and children’s schooling can be accomplished.
Please contact us if you wish to learn how you can help!