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  • Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb Establishes Emergency Home Fund

    Published on April 1, 2020

    TUCKER GA : Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb (HFHD) has established an Emergency Home Fund to help Habitat homeowners negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We are deeply concerned about the financial impact on our homeowners as we fight this pandemic,” said Sharon Steele, executive director of Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb.  “Many make their family’s living in the industries that have been devastated by this situation and are facing catastrophic consequences, with unexpected lost wages and increased childcare costs. These families will be concerned with not just their health and safety, but also about continuing to make ends meet including their mortgage payments. We are committed to working with each family during this uncertain time, but we need the public’s financial support to sustain us in that mission.”

    In the face of this crisis, HFHD has taken several steps to ensure the safety of its staff, volunteers and homeowners. Following guidelines issued by the CDC and local health officials, the DeKalb staff is working remotely, doing their part to help minimize the spread of this virus while still receiving daily inquiries about how to apply to the program. To protect the well-being of those who engage in its mission, the organization has also made the difficult decision to suspend all projects until at least April 30.

    HFHD continues to help the community in other ways during the health crisis. Earlier this week, Steele delivered donated supplies of surgical masks and gloves to the DeKalb Board of Health as well as New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, whose member volunteers have delivered over 700 meal bags to homes in need. The organization has also created a page on its website to list important community resources offering assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, including help with food, rent and mortgage, and other emergency financial needs.

    “We must help those we can now,” stated Steele. “However, we want to be prepared to begin building and repairing homes because once this urgency is lifted, the need for affordable, safe, accessible housing will remain.”