CHI’s offices are closed; however, all non-essential staff are working from home. Staff can be reached by email or by phone. Office phone numbers have been redirected to staff cellphones. In addition:
- All on-site classes and groups are cancelled. Homeownership orientations are being held in a webinar format. Click here to sign up for an upcoming webinar.
- NO VISITORS are allowed at the CHI offices.
- The Long Island Resource Center is not providing on-site services.
- At sites where meals are provided, CHI is continuing to serve clients. Meal pick-up times will be staggered to ensure appropriate distancing.
- CHI Drivers across programs on Long Island are delivering any excess food to CHI’s smaller sites.
- CHI Drivers are picking up school district issued lunches for clients.
- All clients and staff have been instructed to respect social distancing protocol. Clients are instructed to remain in their rooms.
- New protocols and a screening form have been instituted to further limit potential exposure to persons who may carry the COVID-19 virus.
- In accordance with NYS legislation, employees affected by COVID-19 who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation will be provided with at least 14 days of paid sick leave and will have guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
- On a case by case basis, CHI is supporting its staff who have children at home because of school closures and lack of child care by allowing flexible scheduling.
- CHI sites are open 24/7 and house individuals with a wide range of needs; therefore, on-site personnel are required to monitor clients and provide assistance, safety and information. Staffing accommodations and flexibility is being encouraged.
This is an extraordinary time in this nation’s history, and it will go down in the history books as one of those moments of true crisis and confusion….be a little bit more loving, a little bit more compassionate, a little bit more comforting, a little bit more cooperative. We are going to get through it, and we are going to get through it together.
- Governor Andrew Cuomo