​​The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities’ Response to COVID-19

The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities (The Foundation) is taking significant steps to assist families, organizations and small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  We are expanding our programming to provide relief in our target neighborhoods of Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, East Montclair, Northwest Aurora, Montbello and Stapleton. 

 

Our three initiatives are providing grants to the Northeast Denver Housing Agency and Aurora Housing Authority for residents to obtain essential items.

In addition:

The be well Health and Wellness Initiative is:

Providing access to timely COVID-19 information and resources by:

  • Partnering with public health experts through , a virtual series of community conversations on medical, economic and social impacts. The schedule on The Foundation’s websites:

  • Maintaining a resource list on The Foundation’s websites.

  • Facilitating an ongoing survey on how The Foundation can partner with various stakeholders. The survey is on our websites.

  • Assessing the needs of isolated residents through the Block Captain network phone tree.

  • Keeping residents up to date on Facebook and our sites about policy and environmental changes in response to COVID-19 that directly impact our neighborhoods.

  • Mobilizing the Block Captain network to distribute gift cards for groceries and other supplies.

  • Assessing the needs of isolated residents through the Block Captain network phone tree.

  • Hosting Center sanity savers on Zoom. Sessions include yoga, mindfulness meditation and Zumba for the family.   
    Northeast Transportation Connections Initiative (NETC) is:

  • Using the NETC Shuttle to transport bulk materials for community organizations.

  • Working with RTD to ensure that residents in our neighborhoods have access to public transit options.

  • Providing real-time information on transportation changes.

  • Opening, by appointment only, Bike Libraries FREE to use a bike or for minor repairs to their own. Call or email Eric Herbst: 303.261.7240 eherbst@netransportation.org

  • Working with Way to Go to offer home-to-office transition support through the regional Telework Tomorrow campaign. NETC can help businesses gradually transition their employees return to work with telework policy recommendations.

  • Working with regional air quality agencies to better understand the effects on air quality with reduce traffic volumes.

  • Lifelong Learning Education Initiative is:

  • Providing grants to the Northeast Denver Housing Agency and Aurora Housing Authority to support their residents to obtain essential items.

  • Collaborating and funding projects with area schools to help students in the fall regain skills/make up for lost class time.

  • Collaborating and funding projects with area schools to help students returning in the fall regain skills and make up for class time lost in the spring.

  • Distributing funds to school networks working with vulnerable residents to help offset the cost of food, cleaning supplies, masks and other resources.

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