The East Greensboro Now discussion board goals to uncover the affect of the pandemic on the neighborhood

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GREENSBORO, NC – A local development company hosted a forum on how the current pandemic has affected the community in east Greensboro.

Tuesday night members of East Greensboro Now invited community partners and the public to video-chat on a forum on topical issues of the pandemic.

“One of the things we, as a community development society, want to do is approach the community and understand what the needs of the community are. We can foresee that, but it’s better to hear from our community, ”said Mac Sims, president of East Greensboro Now.

Sims told FOX8 that 68 percent of the people in East Greensboro are African American, a group that has already been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Sims and his team created this forum to find out about these issues and connect residents with community partners like UNC Greensboro, Greensboro Housing Coalition, Guilford County Workforce Development, and medical institutions that can help with testing.

One of the organization’s concerns for the East Greensboro Community is the impact this pandemic will have on that community in terms of paying rent and avoiding evictions. You are preparing for a wave of imminent evictions. These concerns are compounded by statistics shared during the forum showing that 30% of Americans missed payments by June.

“We know that COVID-19 affects jobs. It affects the case and affects security and testing. We realized that all of these things are necessary to make this scenario easier, ”said Sims.

Medical experts in east Greensboro also gave tips on safety during this pandemic, such as:

The forum ended with a question-and-answer session that gave people hope to get through this difficult time.

“The most important thing is how we in this community help you grow and stay healthy,” said Sims.

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