HACC

The Housing Authority of Cook County Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

March 19, 2020 |

HACC implements unprecedented measures to protect health and safety of HACC staff, residents and vendors

(Cook County, IL) – Under the direction of Executive Director Richard Monocchio, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is taking bold steps to ensure the health and safety of staff, residents and vendors during the COVID-19 outbreak. Beginning March 18th, HACC will be operating on a skeleton staff with most employees working remotely. HACC will not be accepting visitors at its suburban or downtown offices, and all briefings, meetings, special program workshops and events have been postponed. Residents and landlords are encouraged to

“As the second largest provider of affordable housing for low-income seniors in Illinois, HACC has a unique responsibility to make certain that our elders feel safe and secure in their homes,” said Richard Monocchio, HACC Executive Director. “HACC has taken unprecedented action to protect our employees and residents during this trying time.”

Additional policies and action steps implemented by HACC include:

·     Implementing a “no visitor” policy – no outside visitors will be allowed at suburban or downtown offices – only medical professionals, HACC staff and emergency responders will be allowed on the premises until further notice.

·     Cancelling all community/communal events until further notice – this includes all moves briefings and special program workshops.

·     Posting CDC informational materials regarding symptoms and preventative measures (washing hands, limiting contact, avoiding crowds, etc.) in all common areas, bathrooms and shared cooking spaces, as well as on all HACC digital platforms.

·     Educating all HACC property managers about these items and providing them with resources to share with residents in case they have questions.

·     Ensuring that our hand sanitation stations are fully equipped.

·     Cleaning high touch/traffic surfaces in the common areas several times throughout the day i.e. door knobs, elevator buttons, intercom keypads, etc.

·     Equipping our maintenance and janitorial staff with medical masks, gloves, coveralls, disinfectant.

·     Implementing precautionary measures for HACC staff required to interact with tenants – verbal warnings before entering unites, health assessments, etc.

The temporary policies will remain in effect until March 31st, but HACC is prepared to extend the deadline per recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As March 31st approaches, a reassessment will be conducted by HACC senior staff. HACC is prepared to extend the current deadline and/or implement more restrictive measures as necessary.

“As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve, we want our residents and collaborators to know that we’re in their corner,” said Monocchio. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to continue to fulfill our mission during this national crisis – to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to those that need it most in suburban Cook County.”

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For more information about the Housing Authority of Cook County and updates to HACC COVID-19 policy, please visit us at www.thehacc.org; or follow HACC on social media at www.facebook.com/theHACC or www.twitter.com/theHACCtweets.