In so many ways, 2020 has been about the hardest year anyone could imagine. The pandemic affected us all, and its disparate impact on low-income communities and people of color highlighted the inequity baked into America's systems. High-profile racist violence further exposed systemic racism. And these crises were met by a wholly inadequate, and worse yet, callous, national response.
But there was a silver lining of resilience and resistance inside this very dark cloud. In particular, neighbors, businesses, and local officials responded to these challenges with humanity and generosity. I'm proud that Just-A-Start was among those who stepped up to be "part of the solution" by continuing to deliver our critical services safely, responding to the emerging needs of local residents, including preventing evictions, and deepening our commitment to equity and racial justice through our work and operations.
You all - our partners, funders, tenants, students, and participants - expected nothing less of us and backed that up with your generous support and partnership, putting us in the strongest possible position to be effective through the pandemic. And now, with a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, that support sets us up to advance our shared vision for a strong and diverse community in 2021, including the development of 250 affordable homes, new space to expand our Financial Opportunity program, and partnerships with local communities to promote stable housing.
So, as we prepare to leave 2020 behind, let's also remember the seeds we planted together.