Shanti’s Peer Advocate Care Team Leading COVID-19 Efforts in Collaboration With Other Commmunity Based Organizations

Shanti Project Peer Advocate Care Team (PACT)

Photo: Residents of Potrero Hill Terrace. Shanti’s PACT team always works in collaboration with residents and other community based organizations.

Being With and Supporting Community Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Shanti’s Peer Advocate Care Team (PACT) serves residents of Potrero Hill Terrace and Annex who have to balance the complex realities of living with very low income while navigating the physical, emotional, and social changes that are a part of the vast redevelopment of their community through the HOPE SF initiative.

PACT Leads COVID-19 Response for Potrero Hill Terrace & Annex

Since March, Shanti’s PACT team, in collaboration with HOPE SF, C.A.R.E., and other community-based organizations, has been leading COVID-19 response efforts and coordination for Potrero Hill Terrace and Annex public housing residents. This important role includes conducting a needs assessment for each household and supporting residents with their essential needs: food security, education support, housing stability, and health and wellness. See the infographic below for more details.

In community and collaboration with Stand in Peace, International (a resident-led community-based organization), PACT also recently hosted a resident-led art pop-up for youth in front of Shanti’s Potrero office. The pop-up focused on clearing and planting flower and veggie seedlings to amplify the beauty and connection already existing in the community.

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RESIDENTS CONTACTED BY PACT FOR A COVID NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Assessments included: identifying vulnerable persons in the household, essential supply needs (food, PPE, rental assistance, referrals, etc.), help reporting loss of income due to COVID, online learning resources, isolation reduction, and more.

FOOD SECURITY

Since March, PACT continues to connect residents to direct food delivery and other food security resources.

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Households
receive weekly food delivery

147

Number of households with children that PACT helped with school and online learning needs

EDUCATION SUPPORT

Care navigators collected information about students’ needs, such as Wifi access, Chromebooks needed to conduct school work, learning support needs, and children’s safety. They also connected families with schools handing out free meals. PACT helped supply 72 Chromebooks for e-learning.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

PACT staff assemble and deliver PPE supply bags for residents on a regular basis. Contents include soap, sanitizing spray, gloves, masks and more. Residents testing positive for COVID-19 receive specialized supply and food bags, and daily wellness calls to support them as they quarantine.