In the beginning of 2020, I talked about how we want to transform our buildings and how we want to TRANSFORM our communities, by providing positive economic opportunities for our residents, and the community over all. The year began with a celebration of preservation in Evanston and the momentum continued throughout the year despite the detour we all faced with the pandemic. There's currently over $125 million in preservation work taking place at Evanston, Park Eden, Pinecrest and Sutter View. Dozens of job opportunities at livable wages were created because of that preservation work as well as more contract dollars being spent with MBE, WBE and Section 3 businesses. New partnerships were created with organizations that provide our residents with well needed services and goods like Covid testing opportunities on-site, masks, over 12,000 meals delivered and personal protection equipment. Our partnerships strengthened during the course of the year with the opening designation of the Envision Centers. We have referred over 2800 residents for services provided by our social service partners. Finally, we applied for and received the HUD designated ConnectHome award and we are in the process of closing the digital divide for over 150 residents by providing access to the internet so the families can stay connected to education, the community and mainstream information.
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority was afforded a great opportunity to expand our footprint with the award of low-income housing tax credits to help fund Bennett Point, a new development, in the Pendleton Community. When completed, it will be the first new affordable housing in the city of Cincinnati we have built in over a decade.
Furthermore, more affordable housing solutions were generated with the HUD award of Mainstream Vouchers for persons with disabilities and additional HUD-VASH vouchers for Veterans struggling with homelessness. We also initiated incentive programs to encourage more property owner participation which led to more open doors for Hamilton County families searching for a home in the community of their choice and we strengthened our relationship with Strategies to End Homelessness to help additional families that are homeless in our community. Newly developed housing with supportive services for the homeless opened with the support of our HCV Program and we completed our very first virtual Landlord Appreciation event.
In addition, some out of the box actions were taken to ensure the residents, vendors, landlords and partners could still receive the services expected of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. We hustled to get staff set up for telecommuting, created drop boxes to receive information and keep everyone as safe as possible. The use of digital platforms expanded so the trainings, briefings and meetings provided to clients could continue.
The transformational year is ending on an exciting note for Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and the families we assist. HUD recently announced that CMHA won the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant which will be used to develop a plan to transform Stanley Rowe Towers & Row Houses, and Liberty Street Apartments. Our residents will be the driving force and will be heard every step of the way as this plan is being completed. Our residents will be the real winners!
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority's future is being shaped because of our desire to be an asset to the community and the desire to provide our residents the best affordable product in the community. I am looking forward to further transforming the agency during 2021 by working with our current partners, our residents and the community over all.