Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County KY Public Statement Regarding COVID-19

April 1, 2020

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

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 Pulaski County 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 Laura Kamperman, local affiliate president. “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 Kentucky, more than one in eight 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.

 “We have paused most of our operations to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this disease,” said Kamperman. “That pause has 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.”


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