The challenges of the 2019-2020 fiscal year shaped our organization. It made us reevaluate our approach to providing services that address housing, hunger, and mental health. It helped spark our creativity in continuing access to health resources during a pandemic and how to expand access to make it easier for the people we serve to get the help they need. This past year revealed so much about Allegheny County: that services like ours are needed to restore longevity to the numerous households that are one economic crisis away from homelessness and hunger.
We're excited to share with you our 2019-2020 Annual Report to the Community.
Some quick accomplishments that happened between July 1, 2019 — June 30, 2020:
1. In April, our Intake experienced a 51% increase in referrals, compared to the 2018-2019 fiscal year. And from April through June, 60% of appointments were households needing help paying rental assistance because of the economic impact of COVID.
2. The CHS Food Pantry in Oakland distributed 26 more tons of food this past year. During the peak of the pandemic, distribution increased by 67% and nearly one thousand families visited each month.
3. Despite the pandemic, our In-Home services were able to provide services that helped 100% of clients remain safely in their homes.
4. Going virtual helped Project Silk continue hosting events and workshops—reaching 500 more people. They also delivered food to food insecure members.
5. During its first three months, the Safe Haven hotel provided a safe place for 83 adult individuals to isolate who were COVID-positive, exposed, or who were at a heightened risk due to age or health.
6. Our Housing Assistance programs prevented homelessness for 129 households and provided 33 families emergency shelter.
7. Between in-person and virtual visits, our two Family Foundation offices conducted a total of 2,565 home visit during the 19-20 fiscal year.
CHS grew from the economic aftermath following the collapse of the steel industry, and we know that we'll get through the COVID-19 pandemic too. But we cannot do it without your support. The threat of eviction, homelessness, and empty cupboards are too prevalent and substantial for CHS programming to resolve alone. Please donate today. Your support will make a difference on all Allegheny County communities. With your help, a local family can stay together in safe housing, an individual can enjoy a warm meal, and we can all begin 2021 with bright promise.
As always, thank you for being a friend of CHS.