At MennoHomes, our first priority is the health and safety of our tenants, volunteers, staff, and the broader community.
For our tenants, we have undertaken enhanced cleaning and disinfection of our apartment buildings, especially high-risk areas such as lobbies, door handles, elevators, etc. We have also canceled events in the community rooms used by tenants. Social distancing is the new catchphrase but for many of our tenants, social isolation is also a concern. Our Community Support Worker will be increasing regular contact with tenants by phone or email to simply “check-in” and see if there are additional supports they need.
Our office at 50 Kent is now closed to the public. Where possible our staff continues to perform their work remotely. Likewise, our volunteer committees are still meeting, making use of email, video and teleconferencing.
How all of this will impact our new affordable housing project has yet to be seen. We have obtained a demolition permit. When this crisis hit we were in the process of obtaining a foundation permit. On March 18th, the City of Kitchener announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-critical facilities would be closed until April 5th. The Building Division is not considered a critical (essential) service except for unsafe conditions. Issuance of permits has been suspended. Our team of architects, engineers, and contractors have for the most part transitioned to working remotely and continue to move forward with the final design and preparing for construction. We will be ready to move forward when allowed to do so.
Our capital fundraising efforts are also taking a break. This is important work but now is not the time to be trying to meet with donors. If you are interested in learning more about our new project at 544 Bridgeport Road East in Kitchener, we invite you to explore our A Place to Call Home campaign page or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donors who have already committed to generously supporting this critical project, thank you for making the creation of new affordable housing a philanthropic priority. We are deeply grateful.
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