Your gifts kept our tenants safe through COVID-19
Our incredible community of donors helped us raise over $150,000 to support our tenants through the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. Since March 2020, we’ve provided rent relief, grocery gift cards and deliveries, aid with transportation, PPE, and anything else our tenants needed to stay healthy and stable in their apartments.
Your gifts made a difference
With the help of generous donors, we brought supplies directly to our residents, including paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, and full meals. Your gifts ensured our residents had enough to eat and were comfortable so they could focus on their health and well-being.
For residents who had lost their income or needed a little help making ends meet, we were here to help. Your gifts allowed us to offer assistance on a case-by-case basis to those who had been economically impacted by COVID-19.
Virtual Lease Signings
We’re still moving people out of homelessness and into their own apartments. CASA continues to conduct virtual lease signings, getting people their keys through lock boxes, and leaving “welcome home” baskets with supplies for them in their apartments. Our no-contact process keeps our residents safe.
When CASA purchased the Sunnybrook apartments in 2015, we inherited a quietly remarkable tenant named Joseph. A retired truck driver, Joseph owned his own rig and was keeping a busy volunteer schedule taking it to schools for show and tell. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Joseph’s old trucking buddies called him and said they needed his help. Throughout 2020, Joseph spent his time delivering emergency food and supplies all over the country. Joseph was sure to keep in touch with his CASA leasing specialist so that we knew when he would be away from his apartment and on the road for weeks at a time. Joseph said it made him feel good to be able to help people in need during the pandemic.
Gerry found CASA online after she lost her job and her apartment and moved in with family. “I lost everything I had,” she remembers. She moved into her own apartment and soon after contracted COVID-19. “There’s been a lot of support from CASA,” she says. “They brought me groceries during COVID, they have supported me with various resources, and it made my life a whole lot easier.” Luckily, Gerry recovered and was back on her feet quickly. She’s been able to save money for the first time in a long time: “The last place I had, I had tons of bills and I no longer have that anymore. I have been able to actually save for an emergency if I have to have one. I’m actually able to save and I appreciate it.”
How you can help
If you are able, please consider making a donation. COVID-19 continues to threaten the health and livelihood of the vulnerable population we serve. Our veterans, families, seniors, and individuals living with disabilities are always among the most vulnerable people in our community.
For CASA Residents:
If you have lost your job, can’t pay rent or bills, or are in need of food or other supplies, please call your leasing specialist. If you don’t know who your leasing specialist is, call our front desk at (919) 307-3443.
Not a CASA Resident but still need help?
Please visit 211.org to connect with someone and get the help you need.