In this challenging time of social distancing and unprecedented disruptions to daily life, we must remember that we’re all in this together.
COVID-19 has highlighted the necessity of having access to safe and affordable housing. Our healthcare professionals are on the frontlines of this crisis so we can be safe at home. Yet, for many families in our community, a safe home is not a reality.
Many families seeking help at Habitat Heartland report a variety of harmful living conditions, including environmental and health hazards such as mould, poor air quality, rodents and pests. Applicants also report overcrowding, which is associated with mental health, the ability to cope with stress, social relationships and sleep. It also increases the risk of childhood injuries, elevated blood pressure and respiratory conditions. With social distancing orders in effect, these members of our community are spending prolonged periods in these conditions. Now more than ever, these families need a hand up.
In response, Habitat Heartland has established the Home Together Fund which seeks to undertake the following:
- Continuing to expand family outreach and providing resources for our current Habitat Homeowners.
- Deploying ReStore trucks to support direct service community partners through the distribution of essential items.
- Keep our builds moving forward as quickly and as safely as possible so that more Habitat Heartland families can have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home.
During these difficult times, we must stay positive and remember that while we may be in different boats, we are all weathering this storm together.
We’re all #hometogether, and in a time like this, home makes all the difference.