DC Habitat’s response to COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020

*Updated 3/26/20* Beginning Monday, March 16, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. will close our office (with all office staff working remotely) and refrain from hosting any volunteers on site. See below for more information regarding our response to COVID-19 in our community.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. will close our office (with all office staff working remotely) and refrain from hosting any volunteers on site. See below for more information regarding our response to COVID-19 in our community.


A message from Susanne Slater, President & CEO, on coronavirus (COVID-19)

At DC Habitat, our priority is always the health and safety of our community. In light of this challenging situation, we will close our office (with all office staff working remotely) and pause volunteer operations on our construction site beginning Monday, March 16. We believe it our responsibility to take informed action that will prioritize the collective health and safety of our community; and we are taking this step to protect our staff, volunteers, donors, the families we serve and our broader DC community.

This disruption will without doubt affect our many projects, our fundraising, and ultimately, the families we serve. Many of these families are already experiencing vulnerable circumstances that this crisis will likely exacerbate. Some will be unable to work, or experience a lack of daytime childcare or a missed paycheck can lead to great difficulties.

I ask that if you had intended to support DC Habitat, with your time or with a gift, that you make a gift today to continue to support our neighbors as our city navigates this difficult situation.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as needed, and we will re-open our office and our site as soon as it is safe to do so.Please continue to follow recommended health and safety protocols and to seek reliable, up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 through these local resources that are available to you and your family.

Susanne V. Slater, President & CEO

DC Habitat Staff Member Susanne Slater

We understand there are likely to be many questions surrounding this situation. If you need to contact DC Habitat, please read the below options to direct you to the right person:


Volunteering

We are constantly evaluating the situation in hopes that we will reopen our site when it is deemed safe to do so in accordance with DC government and federal guidelines. Please continue to check the Volunteer page of our website for the most up to date information. For questions or to reschedule a volunteer day, please contact Whitney Canon, Volunteer & Corporate Partnerships Manager, at whitney.canon@dchabitat.org


Programs

Home$mart classes have been postponed until we determine a safe time to resume. Please refer to our Home$mart page for the most up to date information, and contact homesmart@dchabitat.org with any questions.

For questions related to our homebuyer program, please contact Mandy Jansen, Senior Manager of Housing Programs, at mandy.jansen@dchabitat.org


Beginning Monday, March 16, our office will be closed with staff working remotely due to the current coronavirus situation. Read more here.

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