COVID’s Impact on Housing and How the Jeffco Hope Fund is Helping
The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on housing insecurity is being felt around the nation, including our own backyard. According to Habitat for Humanity, with hours, wages and jobs being cut because of the coronavirus, “more individuals are facing housing instability at a time when one’s ability to be safely and affordably housed is integral to the health and safety of us all.”
Housing insecurity is not just an urban or downtown problem. That’s why we quickly invested $850,000 through the Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund to support the nonprofits meeting critical and emergent housing needs in Jefferson County.
When the future of additional federal aid was uncertain in December 2020, our partners reached out to explore ways to support the Jeffco nonprofits addressing housing assistance in our community. We learned that eligibility for and use of federal CARES Act funding was restrictive, leaving local agencies with limited resources and the inability to fully meet demand. The Jeffco Hope Fund was able to provide Housing Assistance grants help address gaps in federal funding for housing assistance and shorten wait times.
- Salvation Army – $100,000
- Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) – $100,000
- Mountain Resource Center – $100,000
- Foothills Regional Housing – $100,000
- Action Center – $100,000
- Left Behind Worker Fund – $350,000
Habitat for Humanity