The necessity of perpetuating the hope of Jesus Christ.

We want to take a moment to update and remind our community of the importance of coming together (even though coming together looks different currently as we practice social distancing.) The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development. As we adapt and make changes to our everyday lives to keep ourselves and others safe, our mission is more relevant than ever.

Urban Homeworks provides shelter to a community of residents who are primarily low-income families. The realities confronted through the spread of the virus and the precautions recommended to protect ourselves, present unique challenges to individuals already struggling economically.

The full impact of the COVID-19 is still unknown as the number of confirmed cases grows each day here in Minnesota. What we do know is that we must come together as a community to help the vulnerable populations who will be disproportionately affected.

Urban Homeworks plans to keep supporting our tenants as we take precautions and prepare for the effects of the spread. The coming weeks will be challenging and financially straining for all of us. Still, we urge you to continue supporting Urban Homeworks and other organizations in our community, providing relief and support to those who need it most.

Urban Homeworks is also taking steps to ensure the safety of our community. UHW office is currently closed to the public, and we will give an update when we are open again. All staff will work remotely during this time, UHW staff will continue to be available via phone and email throughout this time. (All staff email info here) Our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire UHW Community— staff, residents, volunteers, supporters, and all of our neighbors. Urban Homework’s main phone line (612-724-9002) will continue to be available during regular business hours. Questions/concerns regarding rental or emergency maintenance needs, contact Property Solutions & Services at 612-746-0400.

Lastly, the current crisis also sheds light on how classism, xenophobia, racism, and ableism work with other forms of oppression to divide us. Check-in on and support your community. Be aware of your own internal biases, and educate yourself on the damaging narratives surrounding the virus that perpetuate the inequitable systems that harm all of us. We have included resources below to learn more.

We need each other now more than ever, and we will be sure to keep you informed of ways you can continue to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ here in Minneapolis and surrounding areas.

To stay informed on COVID-19 and appropriate measures of protection, please visit www.cdc.gov and https://www.health.state.mn.us/.

Articles for continued education on COVID-19:

https://www.healingjustice.org/podcast/corona

https://time.com/5797836/coronavirus-racism-stereotypes-attacks/

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/02/811363404/when-xenophobia-spreads-like-a-virus