Bridges serves homeless and low-income individuals and families in Howard County. Due to COVID-19 many of those we serve face financial distress. They have been laid off, suffered significant cuts in work hours, or been forced to miss work so they can stay home with young children. They have few or no assets to fall back on. Their ability to buy food and household necessities and pay rent on their own has been directly impacted during this global crisis.
Bridges launched a community appeal on March 20th to assist any of our clients affected by the pandemic. Within two weeks, nearly $10,000 was raised by our generous supporters. During this pandemic, Bridges has provided rent subsidies, food, gift cards, and cleaning supplies to over 20 households in need thus far. We continue to assess and prioritize individual client needs. Our COVID-19 Community Appeal remains active, please click here if you would like to contribute.
Bridges staff is working from home, as we continue to provide affordable housing, comprehensive case management, and support services. We’ve rehoused 13 households in the past month and purchased two rental units. Our program staff is also advocating with clients to make sure they have filed taxes for 2018 or 2019 and have updated their address or bank account information where they receive benefit deposits so they can receive their individual stimulus payments.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridges was forced to postpone our 10th Annual Chili Cook-off, originally scheduled for March 29th. The result is that we suddenly have fewer resources to help our low-income individuals and families who are at greater risk than ever. So we need your help!
Your donation today will help us soften the impact this pandemic has on our clients by providing them with food and rental assistance. Thank you for anything you can do!