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Giving Back – UpKeep Supports Safe House

Ryan Chan

While stay-at-home restrictions are in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, mounting data has shown that confinement has worsened abusive situations. Hotlines have been seeing an increase in abuse reports. In fact, according to the New York Times, “text messages to the hotline have also skyrocketed, suggesting that victims have little physical distance from their abusers and find texting is safer than calling.”

Due to the pandemic, many shelters have also stopped accepting newcomers due to worries over the spread of the virus within their facilities. Making it even more difficult for victims to escape to a place that is safe from violence.

About the Cause

To mitigate this issue, Safe House was established. Safe House is a project that brings together domestic violence non-profit organizations, RAINN and NCADV, with an anonymous real estate agency to place victimized families into unused, luxury apartments that have been left empty as a result of the pandemic. However, Safe House is in need of funding to cover the maintenance and administrative costs.

At UpKeep, we know the complexity of apartment maintenance and dealing with multifamily residences. Apartment maintenance covers a wide range of repair work, including plumbing, HVAC, appliance repair, security, cleaning, groundskeeping, and pest control. And, the ultimate goal of apartment maintenance is to make sure the buildings remain livable, safe, and comfortable for tenants and others on the premises.

UpKeep’s Contribution

We are proud to support Safe House, and ultimately contribute to placing abused families into new, fully-furnished, and above all, truly safe living spaces. Projects like Safe House are bringing awareness to horrific issues that are happening in our society, and bringing us closer to eradicating these issues once and for all.

We also want to give a huge thank you to the maintenance teams working together to make Safe House a safe and secure place to live. Thank you to the maintenance workers for performing the tough and necessary jobs that keep our world safe and running!

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