When FY20 began, we at Habitat were brimming with excitement and energy about ramping up our homebuilding and repair efforts. They were carefully prepared and coordinated — according to our strategic plan. We were in full swing when…well. By mid-March, 2020, the coronavirus had brought us to a screeching halt. Keeping our staff and supporters safe and healthy was of the utmost importance, so we closed our doors, our stores, and our sites.
Thankfully, construction was categorized as an essential service during the shutdown, and we were able to inch forward, albeit without our dedicated volunteers on the sites. We put new health and safety protocols in place that allowed us to continue work on new Habitat homes in Logan Heights, where we sold the final three homes in the 11-home community in November. In Encinitas, we laid the foundations for two new homes that will be ready for families to move in this year. We were also able to continue some exterior repairs on the homes of our beloved veterans, through our Veteran Home Repair program.