NPH’s core mission and values have long demonstrated our commitment to working together to advance affordable homes as the foundation for thriving individuals, families, and neighborhoods. Our current COVID-19 environment calls on all of us to affirm these commitments and unite together in support of these values.
We recognize that our members, partners, and supporters are facing uncertainty about how to continue our work in the midst of social distancing recommendations. Events and gatherings have been postponed or cancelled, workers are home with children amidst school closures, and we are all striving to ensure our families’ and communities’ health and safety.
While large gatherings have been delayed, our work to advance affordable housing solutions and housing justice must not be. This public health crisis exposes even more clearly just how critical safe, stable, homes are to our communities’ ability to get and stay healthy. Any one person’s wellness depends on everyone else’s, and we will get through this emergency by uniting behind policies that ensure all of our neighbors have a safe, stable place to go to and the ability to take care of their children, eat well, and stay in their homes.
Updated Tuesday, March 24
Join a COVID-19 webinar: The Clorox Company and Dr. Keith Savell of Mariposa Training are hosting a free webinar this Wednesday (11am) where you can learn how to protect your staff and residents by implementing infection control measures effective against COVID-19 and the Coronavirus. Register here.
Refer to and learn from this COVID-19 repository: All Home has created a centralized repository that highlights key resources and answers critical questions for affordable housing community stakeholders to serve the Bay Area’s homeless and low income populations.
Communicate with lawmakers, media, colleagues, and your friends and family in the time of COVID-19: In moments of crisis, new narratives, new policies and new social behaviors are established. This can cut both ways – the 2008 recession imprinted the idea of “The 1%”, while Hurricane Katrina led to mass privatization of public institutions in New Orleans. How we act and what we say in this moment can help define perceptions, assumptions and policy preferences in our communities, state and country. But we must act quickly, in coordination and at scale. Read more…
Develop a deeper understanding of the scale of impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on the populations we serve: Join housing and homelessness advocates nationwide to learn more about how federal, state, and local governments are responding to a national outbreak of Coronavirus and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households. Visit this site to watch a recording from Tuesday, March 17. The next live conversation will be Monday, March 23 at 11am PT and you can register here.
Understand the signs and symptoms for high-risk populations and guidance for direct service providers: The State of California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency has released guidance on health preparedness for homeless assistance providers on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more here. There is also an update to this guidance available here…
Consider policy options ahead that keep our communities strong, healthy, and thriving: Local cities like San Francisco, for example, have issues a moratorium on residential evictions in order to ensure that people have a safe, stable place to get and stay well during this outreach. The NPH policy team is exploring options with elected officials and partners now in order to create and implement solutions quickly for our Bay Area and beyond. Cal Matters rounded up five rapidly evolving housing issues to watch in light of COVID-19 here. Check back soon for more on these efforts.
Engage with NPH: This public health crisis exposes even more clearly just how critical safe, stable, homes are to our communities’ ability to get and stay healthy and NPH is working with our members and partners to identify timely proposals and recommendations that can ensure all of our neighbors have a safe, stable place to live and get and stay healthy. Join us at one of our two upcoming meetings:
- Sign up for our Strategic Communications Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25 where we will have the opportunity to share communications that folks have created around COVID-19, what we can share, and what we as a coalition still need ahead.
- There will also be Legislative Issues Committee Meeting (via conference call) on Thursday, April 2 that we encourage members to sign up for in order to discuss and strategize opportunities to continue making progress for affordable housing in California.
Stay updated on the latest recommendations and regulations from our government officials:
- The Center for Disease Control: The national agency has guidance on how to protect yourself, what to do if your sick, as well as critical resources around travel, schools and childcare, workplaces, and community & faith based organizations. Read more…
- California Governor Newsom: The governor’s administration announced a new web “portal” to answer questions for those with mild symptoms and guide them to testing if necessary. Utilize the new portal, Project Baseline, which is currently piloting this service in select Bay Area Counties here…
- Bay Area “Shelter in Place” ordinances: Many Bay Area Counties have issued “shelter in place” orders, directing all residents to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible. Read the full order here and visit your local County’s website for the latest information.
We will pull through this by pulling together.