Nazareth Housing was recently awarded $25,000 from poverty-fighting organization Robin Hood’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to support increased programming to meet the needs of vulnerable New Yorkers in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. The Relief Fund is aimed at supporting organizations that serve vulnerable populations including low-income children and families, low-wage workers, individuals and families who are homeless and immigrant communities so that they can continue to deliver or expand their critical services in light of the COVID-19 emergency.
This emergency grant will support Nazareth Housing’s programming, including additional food for Louise’s Pantry services, communications tools to better connect Prevention staff with clients, additional cleaning supplies, volunteer stipends, and food and critical care supplies for families in our residences.
Nazareth Housing, considered an “essential” business in the current crisis, continues to operate two weekly food pantries serving approximately 200 households in Lower Manhattan and the Bronx. Emergency Family Shelter case workers continue to report to our Tier II Family Shelter in the Bronx and program office in the East Village to provide in-person support and minimize disruption in services to this particularly vulnerable population, especially as they begin to feel the economic consequences of the pandemic. Our homelessness prevention programming also continues to operate, with case managers providing assistance to clients via teleconference.
With a client base consisting largely of the most marginalized households in the City, Nazareth Housing is a lifeline for many of those households that were struggling before the pandemic overwhelmed our City and are particularly vulnerable to the virus. We anticipate that, when the “PAUSE” order lifts and certain financial moratoriums expire, there will be a surge in clients seeking financial assistance, eviction prevention case management, food security and other services from throughout the entire City.
The generous funding from Robin Hood’s Relief Fund will allow Nazareth Housing to rise and meet this need, and continue uninterrupted service to vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by this crisis.