May 24, 2021

The whole world changed in 2020. Workplaces shut down, schools closed, and lockdowns began in response to COVID-19. Community Housing Partners (CHP) quickly responded to the pandemic by implementing new public health and safety protocols, closing offices and community centers, and distributing masks and personal protective equipment to protect our staff and residents.

CHP’s employees devoted themselves to looking out for each other and those they serve and finding new ways to carry out CHP’s mission under difficult circumstances. Following social unrest over the summer and a national conversation about racism and public safety, CHP stood in solidarity with all those who speak out against injustice and prioritized equity and inclusion.

A year later, CHP continues to adapt and incorporate the lessons learned from 2020 into its mission-driven work. Here are some snapshots from a year that CHP will never forget.

Equity and Inclusion Team

CHP’s Equity and Inclusion Team gathered at the Leaders of Choice conference for staff members in January 2020, the last big event at CHP before the pandemic.

Temperature check at J. Van Story Branch Apartments

CHP and Southway Builders were able to continue the redevelopment at J. Van Story Branch Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland, thanks to new COVID safety protocols such as a masks and temperature checks.

Energy Solutions staff prepare PPE deliveries

After Energy Solutions stopped field activities at the start of the pandemic, staff members stepped up to the plate to help CHP assemble, package, and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE).

Energy Solutions staff distribute materials

CHP adopted new cleaning and sanitation procedures during the pandemic and, thanks to Energy Solutions, was able to distribute disinfectants and other materials across the organization’s multistate portfolio.

Energy Solutions prepares PPE

With support from Procurement and Property Management, Energy Solutions staff members delivered approximately 700 kits totaling about 3,000 cases of materials across CHP’s footprint.

Energy Solutions partners with City of Refuge

CHP Resident Services partnered with The City of Refuge in Pulaski, Virginia, to provide food to residents at local CHP properties. In May, the Energy Solutions weatherization crew in the New River Valley picked up food and supplies and delivered them to properties in Pulaski and Christiansburg.

Sign at Hunting Hills Apartments

Property Management placed inspirational signs for residents at CHP apartment communities last spring, including Hunting Hills in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Anthony Cox works from home

Many CHP employees began working remotely following the start of the pandemic. Among them was Anthony Cox with the Energy Solutions Research and Training Center, which began offering more online options and livestreaming from each trainer’s home for instruction and testing.

Moving day at J. Van Story Branch Apartments

Crews following new COVID safety protocols helped residents at J. Van Story Branch Apartments move into their newly renovated home in June 2020.

Food delivery at Warwick Apartments

CHP’s Resident Services partner, Controlled Outcomes, provided 96 food boxes for residents at Warwick Apartments in Newport News, Virginia. Controlled Outcomes partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Newport News Shipbuilding, and CHP for the delivery in June.

CHP Reads at Friendship Village

Virginia Beach City Councilman Aaron Rouse (green shirt) and his foundation, Rouse’s House, in collaboration with Lifehouse Virginia Beach, delivered free backpacks and books for kids at Friendship Village Apartments in Virginia Beach in July. All the backpacks were also filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year.

CHP Reads youth at Parkside Gardens

The CHP Reads! Summer Reading Program continued in 2020 with bag deliveries for youth. These twins at Parkside Gardens Apartments in Ocala, Florida, didn’t just enjoy their books over the summer—they turned their bags into kites!

North Hill groundbreaking

CHP and project partners broke ground on the Residences of North Hill in Fairfax County, Virginia, in August 2020.

New masks at Friendship Village Apartments

Recording artist Pharrell Williams and his nonprofit, YELLOW, donated Adidas masks for residents and staff at CHP’s Friendship Village Apartments, Lynnhaven Landing Apartments, and Tranquility at the Lakes in Virginia Beach.

Painting Positivity winning entry

CHP residents had a chance to flex their creative muscles with the Painting Positivity contest, where they submitted their art exploring the theme “Home Is Where the Heart Is.” This is the winning entry in the adult category.

Baseline Solar at work

CHP partnered with Baseline Solar Solutions, a Virginia-based residential and commercial solar company, to outfit its corporate headquarters with solar panels. The solar project helped reduce CHP’s electrical consumption and meet its sustainability goals.

Halloween at Maplewood Apartments

Staff at Maplewood Apartments in Martinsville, Virginia, celebrated Halloween.

Flyer distribution at Cedar Crest

Asset Management and Corporate Development staff distributed information about renovations planned at Cedar Crest Apartments in Blacksburg, Virginia, for 2021.

Turkey delivery

Turkeys were delivered for residents at Yorktown Square Apartments in Yorktown, Virginia.

Painting delivery

Original art arrived at J. Van Story Branch Apartments in Baltimore. The intallation of 225 paintings capped 18 months of renovations in the building, which was finished in December 2020.