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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana asks for help to urge Congress to go further in supporting housing stability and nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana asks for help to urge Congress to go further in supporting housing stability and nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

Contact Name, Wende Burbridge, Development Director
219-923-7265 ext. 304, dirdev@nwihabitat.org

Gary March 27, 2020—With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, families are facing both a public health and an economic crisis. The longer it goes on, the more this pandemic also becomes a housing emergency. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is asking community members to call on Congress to support low-income families and organizations like Habitat that serve them.

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act providing $2T in economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Habitat applauds members of Congress for taking this important step to support individuals and small businesses during this time of economic hardship.

“In any crisis, it is always those with the least who are harmed the most. As we approach the end of the month, millions of families who have lost income will soon face the impossible decision of making rent or keeping food on the table,” said Habitat executive director, Dawn Michaels. “The steps Congress has taken so far, are steps in the right direction, but more must be done. We need our national leaders to prioritize housing and enable our continued work to serve our community.”

Habitat is asking its supporters to send a message to their senators and representatives to prioritize support for low-income families and nonprofit organizations.

In Indiana, more than 1 in 8 families pay half or more of their income on housing, leaving little or no margin for lost income or unexpected health care costs. Many of those families are facing additional economic hardship from lost wages and layoffs and are now confronted with impossible choices between paying their rent or mortgage and life’s other essentials.

“Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana has closed it’s two ReStore locations, closed administrative offices to the public and postponed fundraising events around home building activities to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this disease,” said Ms. Michaels. “All of which have serious financial implications. We need to act now to make sure that we are ready to help our community build back from this pandemic. This is why we’re calling on members of Congress to ensure the needs of low-income families and the organizations that work hard to serve them are addressed in any future COVID-19 stimulus bills.”

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana serves struggling, working families to break the cycle of poverty by building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  Habitat has successfully served 110 families.

We will continue to advocate for housing stability in our local community and throughout the state, as we navigate through these uncertain times.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is the leading organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to income-qualified families in Lake County Indiana. By serving qualified homeowners with an affordable mortgage, we help families achieve housing stability and improve their living conditions. HFHNWI’s operating expenses are funded in part by our two ReStores’ located in Gary and Merrillville through the sales of gently used and new home furnishings and materials. This enables the financial contributions of our donors to go directly toward serving families. HFHNWI leverages our resources with community partners, collaborators and volunteers to keep our housing affordable. HFHNWI was formed in July of 1986 by Reverend Dick Rogers and has served over 110 families.  We continue work toward our vision; where everyone has a decent place to live.  

Kind regards,

Wende Burbridge, CFREDirector of DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana 219-923-7265 ext. 304

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