Hacienda Programs Update
- Youth and Family Services
We are pausing all face to face services, including Portland Niños, Expresiones, and SUN Youth Advocacy for the time being. Staff will check in with all youth in our programs by phone daily and all in-home visits will be conducted by phone. We will work with families to ensure safe delivery of necessary supplies, like diapers, over this time.
- Economic Opportunity
We are working to reschedule all of our homeownership counseling, mortgage lending and foreclosure prevention counseling programs to telephone meetings to limit in person contact. In-person meetings will not be scheduled at this time and we will not be able see clients that walk-in without an appointment. We are also working to reschedule the Latino Home Fair (currently scheduled for May 16th) to a date in June.
- Portland Mercado
We have suspended all special events at the Mercado until it is safe to resume. Mercado vendors will continue to operate, primarily focused on take-out and delivery orders. Over the weekend we worked with all vendors to get these systems up and running. We have 19 small businesses at the Mercado, 60 small businesses in our advising program, and 90 who use the commercial kitchen. We will help them track the economic impact in the hope that small business assistance will be available. We know that will be critical to their survival.
We are very concerned about the economic impact our families will face. We fully anticipate many will have trouble making rent payments over the coming months due to lost wages or employment. Housing stability is our number one priority. We will be flexible with tenants impacted by COVID 19 so their housing stability is not compromised.