The pandemic has caused unprecedented circumstances and we have all experienced the challenges of living in uncertain times. Whether it’s isolation, food security, housing, childcare, senior support, employment, mental health, social connection, or a combination of these, the pandemic has affected us all. But it has not affected us all equally.
Although many may feel like life is beginning to return to a (new) normal, the challenges of the pandemic and the issues that it has ushered in, continue to affect many people in our communities.
The rising price of housing, groceries, fuel and other essentials, and lack of affordable housing is deeply affecting our communities. Many social services are overwhelmed by funding requests, needs for service, and front-line staff are struggling.
That is why we have transitioned our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, which was launched in the beginning of the pandemic, into our new Community Recovery Fund; because we recognize that responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer about short-term relief. Instead, it is a long-term recovery effort that must demand new, innovative, and sustainable solutions to address some of our greatest challenges.