With each passing day, we all find ourselves trying to adapt to the measures required to combat the spread of COVID-19. In countries and cultures all around the world, “stay at home” is the message of the moment. “Shelter in Place.”
It’s the right thing to do, and if we are all able to flatten the curve, we know that we will have, together, saved countless lives.
But all of us at Habitat Broward also know that there are far too many families for whom this isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. The uncertainty so many of us feel today, these families have felt for a lifetime — if not generations.
Where for many “shelter in place” means figuring out logistics and adjusting mindsets, for others it only exacerbates the conditions with which they have struggled for so long. Houses already not healthy because of leaks or mold. Homes already overcrowded because the only way to afford rent or save up money is for extended family to stay together in a too-small space. Homes that subject families to violence. Spaces that shelter, but only just.
As the economic shocks from this crisis ripple out, these same families will be hardest hit. They always are. For far too many, as businesses have closed and hourly workers have lost their jobs, it has already begun. These are the families with whom we partner.
They are going to need our hand up now more than ever. And now more than ever, our work — much like flattening the curve — will require all of us, together.
The nine families being profiled below have spent more than a year working towards their dream of homeownership and now their dream is within sight. Despite the COVID-19 disruptions to our nation, Habitat continues to work toward ensuring they move from Almost …to HOME. If you wish to make a contribution to help us get these families home you can do so here.