Breaking Down Access Barriers by Creating Alternative Service Delivery
As we transition into 2021 under the challenge of COVID-19, here at Bethlehem Housing we have started running virtual support programs and services. Our amazing staff have been working hard to ensure that each of our clients are receiving the support that they need, whether it is internally or with our community partners.
In May 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada established a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (COVID-19 ECSF). The objective of this fund is to provide assistance to organizations attending to the needs of vulnerable populations during the global COVID-19 outbreak. Thanks to United Way Niagara, Bethlehem Housing was approved for some of these funds and we began breaking down the barrier between our clients and their support services with technology solutions. Tablets, laptops, and internet access has been provided to those who are in need and access to crisis support is available at all times.
Increasing access to supports increases housing stability, and gives opportunity to make a life-changing difference for more families and individuals in our community. This project will reduce the barrier of isolation due to lack of access to the internet, and will increase communication between our clients and their supports. We are hopeful, and look forward to the day when we can all be together again making a difference in the Niagara community.