For our essential services employees working in emergency shelters and supportive housing, the threat of contracting COVID-19 is extremely real. In order to ensure that our shelter residents could comply with the shelter-in-place order, our organization began operating our family and single adult shelters 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our program, facilities, kitchen and administrative support staff have been on the frontlines working tirelessly and courageously under extremely stressful conditions.
For our employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, the fund will provide financial support to cover the $4,000.00 annual insurance deductible if they are hospitalized for care; ambulance costs should they need to be transported to the ER; co-pays for medication and hotel or AirBnB accommodation costs should they need to self-isolate during the recommended 14 day period and are unable do so in their own home because of space limitations (i.e. multi-family household living in small apartment or studio) or having a family member who resides with them with a compromised immune system.
For our worker members, this fund would provide them financial assistance for out-of-pocket medical expenses and loss of wages, food and rental support. We have learned that the average family household of our member workers from La Colectiva and our Day Labor Program has lost $1,200 per week in earnings.
During times of crisis, we need to turn to each other for mutual aid, strength and transformation. We ask that you stand in solidarity with our workers and make a donation that is financially significant to you.
These funds are critically needed because our frontline employees and worker members do not have the privilege to shelter in place.
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In Struggle & Fighting for Our Workers,