Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago has taken a decision to halt current construction projects until April 15, as it undertakes the current social/physical distancing and stay-at-home protocols issued by the Government.
In an official statement issued today, the organisation also encourages homeowners to get in touch with their community offices, as well as bankers, to learn what financial arrangements can be made, during the current COVID-19 crisis.
The full test of the statement from Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, follows…
A MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR ON OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE:
We know right now that many of you are concerned about what the future holds. And while we are certain that other issues, such as your health, employment, business and family are at the top of your list of concerns, we want to reach out to you to reassure you that we have not forgotten you, nor our shared fight for a world where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live.
The days ahead will be difficult, but we at Habitat Trinidad and Tobago remain committed to supporting the most vulnerable among us at this time. It’s crises like these that signal how important our work is – more people than ever before in this country are now at risk of losing their homes and facing an uncertain future.
We are continuing our internal operations to fulfil our mission, while still keeping ourselves and our homeowners as safe as possible during this Coronavirus pandemic. Following the government guidelines, we have moved our internal operations to a virtual state and taking as many precautions as we can to limit person-to-person interaction and a sanitary environment. At this time of “social distancing”, we feel that it is of paramount importance to maintain and/or increase our individual and group engagements – we may not be able to give a physical hug, but we are making sure that our messages and talks are more intentional and supportive of your individual concerns.
We have postponed all our community events and we are using phone, social media and virtual meetings as much as possible to communicate with each other. This will have an impact on our plans for disaster mitigation projects in the short term, but we are working on alternative methods of sharing this vital information ahead of the Hurricane Season. We began earlier in March with broadcasts of our Health Housing Habits on Boom Champions 94.1FM, and this information is also available on our website and social media channels – please do share this with your networks as we continue to follow safe hygienic practices to combat COVID19.
Homeowners: We are liaising individually with those who have lost income due to the mandatory closure of non-essential services and businesses. As we asked you to do at your First Family Training, please do not hesitate—call your community officers to discuss your circumstances and let us together work out how to handle your monthly mortgage payments. Don’t forget to check with your bank for their arrangements to accommodate your transactions and be sure to carefully follow the recommendations and directions of the authorities to stay safe and at home if you are not an essential service worker.
Habitat Trinidad and Tobago is very aware of the importance of our construction efforts to your lives, our family partners. Nonetheless, we must also do our part as responsible citizens to abide by the decisions made by the government to manage the current evolving crisis. Therefore, we will pause all activities on our construction sites during the period March 30, 2020 – April 15, 2020, to support the efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Yes, this will mean that it will take longer to complete your projects. We will treat all on-going builds as high priority jobs when we are allowed to operate normally again so that we can complete them as soon as humanly possible.
Meanwhile, please send any questions you may have to [email protected] and know that we are all in this together. The situation is still fluid, but we promise to share more of our plans with you as soon as we can. And do reach out to our team if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or requests for resources.
Thank you for being a part of the Habitat Trinidad and Tobago Family, and supporting our critically important work to build a country where everyone has an affordable place to live. We are in this together—Board, management, staff, homeowners, donors and supporters—as we come together as a family, and a country to weather this storm together.
Stay At Home
Isolate and Quarantine