Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow
Before there was COVID, there was a national epidemic of unaffordable housing – and it is still with us. If governments had not declared moratoriums, disruption of work and income for millions would have quickly proceeded to waves of eviction that would have increased exposure to, and spread of the virus.
But the evictions were only delayed, and for very short periods. They have had to be extended several times, with December 31 as the current end date. Meanwhile, unpaid rent grows, while incomes are reduced and emergency government grants and unemployment compensation are not available for our immigrant friends.
UIDN did not, and will not, solve this problem, but we did mobilize what resources we could to assist. From January through September 2020, we have provided more than $97,000 for rent and $12,000 in utilities payments to families that reached out to us for urgent help.
We also referred 65 families to Catholic Charities, which provided more than $62,000 in rent support. Episcopal Charities and United Way (through Family of Woodstock) were some of the additional partners in providing funds for housing support.
In October, requests have kept pace with previous months, and UIDN has helped 11 families, paying $7,483 in housing and utility costs so far. About half our referrals came from our partner Catholic Charities and half through our Helpline.