A lot has happened in our world, and for Housing Forward, since we last emailed. I wanted to send an update about what we are doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last three weeks, we have continued to work to ensure all our clients have the services and support they need. In addition, the health and well-being of our volunteers and staff are at the forefront of our thoughts and actions.
Because this situation is continually evolving, I wanted to share an update through this video, filmed on Friday, March 27.
HOUSING FORWARD RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
Over the past couple weeks, there has been a lot of news about the COVID-19 pandemic–both in our agency communications and in the local and national news. The seriousness of these times is clear. But there is also good news that comes out of this once-in-a-lifetime situation, so we want to share some bright spots!
Our office manager received a call recently from someone who wanted to make a donation but asked if it could be picked it up.
On March 17, Housing Forward centralized our PADS Emergency Shelter and Support Center operations at Oak Park Temple.
The Village of Oak Park COVID-19 Public Health Order requires residents to shelter in place Fri., March 20 through Fri., April 3.
Our 24/7 emergency shelter is now located at Oak Park Temple and village officials have assured us that Housing Forward Volunteers and Staff are exempt from restrictions when working on our behalf.
We appreciate each and every offer of help from community members and groups. Our most pressing needs are:
We need the following things for our shelter and housed clients:
One of the rare bright spots over the past week is the incredible response of the community, reaching out and asking us how they can help. Thank you!