It became clear a couple of months ago that the financial fallout from COVID was going to be severe – and not let up soon. And that the hardship would really overturn some people’s lives. And perhaps pull apart our community and our local economy. Some people and small businesses were getting propped up by government assistance; some, of course, weren’t being hit badly; but others were being devastated.

MVP began talking to tenants, landlords, nonprofits, local banks – about what was the experience “on the ground” from where they sat. A picture of suffering and the economic unraveling began to emerge – with too few resources coming along to really solve it. MVP believes in a “home-grown” solution or at least the beginnings of one if we can get tenants, landlords, local government, banks, and nonprofits all contributing to the response.

We, of the 29 religious congregations, nonprofits, and educational institutions that make up MVP, are driven by a vision where a diverse community – people, organizations, businesses – can come together, recognize our shared interest and destiny and solve our problems – together. That we can’t leave people behind in a crisis without hurting our entire community.

From all of this came the Landlord / Tenant Housing Recovery Plan contributed to by all those sectors glued together by our belief in “one community”.