Now more than ever, we need YOU.
Everyone has been forced to consider the fundamental importance of home — of having safe, decent and affordable shelter when the directive of the day is to stay home. “I think of a stable, decent affordable home as acting like a vaccine. It gives you resilience, or immunity, against future threats,” shared* Dr. Megan T. Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Never has this been more evident than now.
For low-income families, stay at home orders exacerbate existing struggles such as exposure to toxins like mold and mildew, overcrowded conditions, and unsafe neighborhoods. Others can’t stay home because they’re essential – our bus drivers, sanitation workers, and CNAs – and are therefore more at-risk. While this pandemic affects everyone, the effects on our low-income neighbors is
Before moving into their Habitat home last year, Quintania and her children shared the bedroom least infected with mold to limit their exposure to this health hazard that was rampant in their rental and ignored by the landlord.
We need to continue to build and repair homes and bring security and stability to more neighbors like Quintania. And we need you to help us do that.
COVID-19 has placed huge stress on our work as a non-profit agency. A large source of sustained funding – ReStore proceeds – has been halted. Our homeowner mortgage payments have been reduced as people lose jobs. And we’ve cancelled fundraising events. Now more than ever, families need affordable housing. And now more than ever, we need your support.
Please join our Homes, Communities, Hope + You campaign by making a gift today. Help us, in this moment of global crisis, make sure that everyone has a safe, decent home in which to shelter and build a better future. Thank you!