Habitat Tucson's response to COVID-19

UPDATED — MAY 15, 2020 9:00 AM

Beginning May 15, 2020, Habitat for Humanity Tucson will ReOpen our Tucson HabiStore and begin to reopen our Tucson office (with reduced staff), the HabiStore, and some volunteer construction, home repair, and A Brush with Kindness sites. Our community room will remain closed. Please read below for specifics.

A message from our CEO, T. VanHook, on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us, and we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience at Habitat Tucson.

We are actively monitoring the situation from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. As this unfolds, additional updates will be shared with you on a timely basis. Thank you for your continued support of our mission.

Thank you again for helping families in our community achieve their dreams of safe, decent housing.

During this time, I ask that if you had intended to give to Habitat Tucson – if you intended to volunteer, to visit the HabiStore, or to donate – that you show your support with a donation now, to keep us building a better city as we face down this pandemic.

The families we seek to serve are already vulnerable; many of them in positions at the forefront of the crisis, health care workers, civil servants, service sector employees; those to whom a missed paycheck can mean catastrophe.

Please remember to follow recommended health and hygiene protocols and seek up-to-date information on the status of the outbreak, and health resources available to you and your family.

T. VanHook, CEO
Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Please check this page for the latest updates on our COVID-19 response plan and precautions.

Homebuyers

  • Effective March 18, we are not accepting applications. Individuals and families interested in applying should call 520-326-1217 ext. 202 or to be added to our contact list for the next round of information sessions and applications.
  • The homebuyer construction class on 3/23 is canceled. We will reschedule that class and.
  • Until further notice, all Homeownership Program classes will be held online or will be postponed. A member of the Homeownership Team will contact program participants with more information.
  • Current Habitat Tucson homeowners who incur financial hardships during this time and are concerned about making their mortgage payments are encouraged to reach out to Tina Hoffmann, Homeownership Services Director, at tinah@habitattucson.org or 520-326-1217 ext. 202.
  • COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC) INFORMATION AND REFERRALS: If you need assistance finding food,  accessing childcare, or other essential services, dial 211, search on the homepage of 211Arizona.com or download the 211 Arizona app. https://211arizona.org/covid-19/

Volunteers

Our build sites are currently closed to new volunteers.

As of May 15, 2020. Volunteers. Our build site is currently open to up to 15 volunteers per site. Limit 10 per group. All volunteers and group volunteers are required to register online prior to volunteering. Please read our Guidelines for Volunteers (Link). We ask all volunteers to wear masks, proper PPE and adhere to our volunteer guidelines as well as social distancing guidelines. Our sites have taken increased precautions including sanitizing stations, handwashing stations, signage, increasing PPE as well as procedures to minimize exposure and sharing of materials. Please direct any questions to our volunteer manager at volunteer@habitattucson.org

 

Please continue to check the Volunteer page of our website for the most up to date information. 

To reschedule an existing volunteer day,  group build, company or corporate volunteer day contact Gina Hansen, Volunteer Manager at ginah@habitattucson.org.

Events

All upcoming events are currently being postponed or canceled.

For future events where we partner with other organizations, we will take our lead from CDC guidelines and critical need, and cancel or postpone once the organizers have made the decision for the event itself. If you have questions about any other Habitat Tucson events, please contact our outreach team for more information. We are currently suspending any non-mission critical actions.

The Rose Minton Quilt Sale is postponed. Please preview online at our webpage and contact Amy at amyr@habitattucson.org for purchasing.

The Equitable Development & Cost of Home Forum is postponed. Everyone currently on the mailing list will receive an updated invitation, after we receive clearance from appropriate authorities. Contact Ann at annv@habitattucson.org for any questions or concerns.

HabiStore

HabiStore at 935 W. Grant Road

Beginning Friday, May 15, Habitat for Humanity Tucson will ReOpen our Tucson HabiStore with increased precautions. We will limit the store to 30 customers at a time and ask customers to wear maks to protect you, our volunteers and staff (we will provide masks if you do not have one). We are introducing reduced hours so we can sanitize and clean the store. Mon-Sat 9am-4pm. We have sanitizing hand stations, new social distancing signs and shields at our registers. We encourage everyone to use debit or credit cards only, but we still accept cash. We are encouraging Online Shopping with curbside pickup if possible.  NEW!!! Our Online Store is Open.Curbside pickup hours are Mon-Sat 10am-3pm.

For other questions about the HabiStore, email info@habitattucson.org.

OFFICE / MOUNTAIN AVE.

  • Headquarters at 3501 N. Mountain Ave.

  • Effective March 18 through April 30, 2020 (tentatively), the Habitat Tucson office at 3501 N. Mountain Ave. will be closed to the general public.
  • All community meeting in our Community Room will be canceled.
  • All meetings and other inquires will be held over the phone or by video conference. If you have a meeting planned with a Habitat Tucson staff member and have not been contacted about rescheduling, please reach us by phone or email before coming to the office. If you have questions about this policy or are unsure who to contact, please call us at 520-326-1217 or email us at info@habitattucson.org.

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