A Housing Grant Report
Funds awarded from the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund and from a donor advised fund were used to expand INHS' (Ithaca Neighbor Hood Services) technology infrastructure in order to support a remote workforce amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The award funded expenses including printers and computer monitors; webcams, headsets, and microphones; and video conference and document e-signature software.
Excerpt from INHS' report to us
"When the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order went into effect, INHS quickly took action to transition to a remote workforce. While some of INHS' services were deemed essential and could safely continue, like property management maintenance requests, other programs and services needed to pivot to offering services virtually, including lending, home ownership counseling, and processing rental applications. INHS understood that the despite the PAUSE, low-income families would continue to need access to affordable rental opportunities, and many families would still be pursuing home ownership.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things, not the least of which is that housing is undoubtedly a matter of public health. During a time when staying home was the best thing we could do for both our individual well-being and for the health of our larger community, the need for access to safe, quality, affordable housing for all people became clearer than ever.
Without this adaptability on the part of INHS and its funders, the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program would not exist today to help the many Tompkins County families in crisis"