FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 16, 2020:
In light of recent directives from federal, state, and local agencies related to limiting the spread of COVID-19, Crisis Assistance Ministry will close all its facilities until further notice, effective close of business March 17, 2020.
Families Safe For Now
With utility companies temporarily halting disconnections and NC courts stopping evictions and foreclosures, at-risk families will feel some relief in the short term to ensure they remain stably housed with utilities flowing. Therefore, for the safety of customers, volunteers, and employees the agency’s buildings will close to minimize the community threat.
Help Will Still Be Needed
While the temporary suspension of utility disconnections and evictions offers relief to families right now, the agency anticipates the need for emergency financial assistance may be unprecedented once the threat from COVID-19 has passed.
Bills that are suspended will continue to multiply over time as struggling families continue to feel the economic impact of closures and quarantine measures. Financial support from the community will be essential to meet those needs in the future.
Financial contributions can be made online anytime at https://www.crisisassistance.org/challenge.
About Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Assistance Ministry helps Mecklenburg County families experiencing poverty with life’s most basic needs: emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, furniture, beds, and appliances. Beyond the crisis, the independent non-profit organization introduces pathways to economic opportunity, empowers families to improve their financial security, and engages the community to create understanding of the complex issues facing neighbors living in poverty. In the most recent fiscal year, more than 20,000 families received some form of assistance from the agency. Visit them online at crisisassistance.org to learn more about preventing homelessness and preserving dignity.
NOTE: As conditions and expert advice changes, further updates will be shared here and via social media.
Contact: Liana Humphrey, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, [email protected], 704.227.2791.