San Diego Business Journal

Community HousingWorks, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing, is starting a three-month Housing and Hunger Relief Fund campaign to raise $1 million to help residents of its projects with rental assistance and food.

“We would most likely keep it going if there is more need,” said Sean Spear, CEO of Community HousingWorks. “While government assistance programs have provided critical support for many families, the prolonged impact of the pandemic continues to erode residents’ financial situations as they juggle these hardships month after month. Significant support is still needed.”

Community HousingWorks last summer offered rental assistance to residents who were falling short of rent money because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom work in service industries that were hit hardest by pandemic-related lockdowns and layoffs.

“Some were facing really dire situations with their family budgets, which was translating into making the impossible choice between paying their rent and putting food on their table,” Spear said. “We want to support people by providing them at least a month of grocery gift cards.

In addition to providing food and rental assistance, Spear said Community HousingWorks is offering financial counseling.

Partnering with Community HousingWorks in the Housing and Hunger Relief Fund drive is Sun Country Builders based in Carlsbad and the nonprofit Allgire Foundation, also based in Carlsbad.

Donations may be made by email at HHRF@chworks.org