2020 was a challenging year for everyone – and especially challenging for organizations like ours. The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism disproportionally impacted Solid Ground families. Families with limited income, criminal histories, poor credit and other barriers have always been extremely challenged to find affordable housing, and the pandemic only exacerbated these issues, as parents lost their jobs or put themselves at greater risk of illness while working low-skill, high-contact jobs.
Connecting with families was also challenging. We missed being able to visit with them face-to-face, as parents were busy with children who were distance learning at home, concerned with extended family members who had fallen ill, or too preoccupied by the enormous stresses of daily life in the pandemic to connect virtually.
Despite these overwhelming challenges, Solid Ground continued to move families out of homelessness and into housing and to help them maintain their homes. Our success is rooted in our Housing First approach – get people housed first, and then provide the help they need to increase their income, address their health, and achieve academic success. To learn more about our successes and challenges, please take a moment to view our 2020 Annual Report.
Thank you for your continued support of Solid Ground and the families we serve. “We’re in this together” continues to be our mantra as we work to fulfill our vision to ensure every family has a safe and affordable home, where parents and children thrive and are engaged in school, work and their community and can realize their goals and dreams.