COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

APRIL 5, 2020 – Additional resources for free food and meals can be found at the following links:

APRIL 1, 2020 – Free meals are available for children under the age of 18 at the following locations.

APRIL 1, 2020 – Free meals are available for children under the age of 18 at the following locations.

APRIL 1, 2020 – Free meals are available for children under the age of 18 at the following locations.

Charleston County School District

The district launched grab and go meal distribution sites earlier this month to serve students. Students from neighboring districts are also eligible to participate. All students must be with a parent or guardian in order to get their food. 

Starting March 30, meals will be distributed Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Students will still be able to receive five breakfasts and lunches each week. On Monday and Wednesday, students will receive two days worth of breakfast and lunch meals. On Friday, the district will provide one breakfast and one lunch meal.

District 1 Meal Sites (St. James Santee)

  • Awendaw Town Hall 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • Lily Pond Baptist Church 12:40 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lincoln High School 12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Greater Howard AME Church 11:40 a.m to noon
  • St. James Santee Elementary 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

District 2 Meal Sites (Mt. Pleasant)

  • Laing Middle 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Snowden Community Center 11 a.m. to noon

District 3 Meal Sites (James Island)

  • EME Apartments noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Harbor View Elementary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

District 4 Meal Sites (North Charleston)

  • Accabbee Road Subdivision 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Alston Lake Apartments 11:30 a.m. to noon
  • Charleston School of the Arts 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Chicora Elementary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Courtyard Square Apartment 12:45 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
  • Dale Valley 12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
  • Driftwood Apartments 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Dubois Trailer Park 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Easton St Subdivision 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fairwinds 11 a.m to noon
  • Faith Revive 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Gardens at Montague Apartments 11 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.
  • Greenwood on Reserve 11 a.m. to noon
  • Horizon Village 11 a.m. to noon
  • Goodwin Elementary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Ladson Elementary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lake Ashley Mobile Homes noon to 1 p.m.
  • Lakewood Mobile Home Park 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Plantation Acres Mobile community 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Hawthorne City 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Spivey Trailer Park 11 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
  • Stall High School 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Waylon on Dorchester 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tri County Park 12 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.
  • The Woodside Manor 12:15 p.m. to1 p.m.
  • Waters at Magnolia, Ladson 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Word of Life Ministries 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

District 9 Meal Sites (John’s Island)

  • Haut Gap Elem 11 a.m. to1 p.m.
  • Johns Island Rural Housing 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • St. James Bethel AME 11:45 a.m. to 12:30p.m.

District 10 Meal Sites (West Ashley)

  • Carolina Voyager Charter 11 a.m. to1 p.m.
  • Ashley Oaks Apartments 12:15 a.m. to 1p.m.
  • Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Parmello 11a .m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • West Ashley Middle 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

District 20 Meal Sites (Downtown Charleston)

  • Back the Green noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • Bridgeview Village 11 a.m. to noon
  • Corner of America Steet and Mary Street 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Food Lion Parking Lot by sidewalk to Apt Complex 1015 King Street  11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Orleans Gardens 11 a.m. to noon
  • Robert Mills Manor 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Sanders Clyde Elementary 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

District 23 Meal Sites (St. Pauls)

  • Baptist Hill High School 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Burbage Mobile Home Park 11:35 a.m. to 12:05p.m.
  • E.B. Ellington Elementary 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hollywood Manor 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Hollywood Town Center 11:45 a.m. to 12:15p.m.
  • Jane Edwards Elementary 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Jericho Mobile Home Park 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Ravenel Mobile Home Park 12:10 p.m. to 12:40p.m.
  • Wiltown Community Center 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Berkeley County School District

Berkeley County will host meal distribution sites across the district at no cost to students 18 years old and younger. Students can pick up lunch and a snack Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. 

The following schools have been identified as drive through meal distribution locations:

  • Berkeley High School
  • Cainhoy Elementary School 
  • Cane Bay High School
  • Cross Elementary School 
  • Devon Forest Elementary School
  • Hanahan Elementary School 
  • J.K. Gourdin Elementary School 
  • Sedgefield Middle School
  • St. Stephen Elementary School 
  • Timberland High School

The following community locations have also been added to the list for lunch pick up:

  • Jamestown Baptist Family LifeCenter 11 a.m.
  • Miracle Revival Center 11 a.m.
  • Saint Phillips AME Church 11:35 a.m.
  • MHP William Hill Lane at Geniune Lane 12:10 p.m.
  • Cordesville Baptist Church 12:15 p.m.
  • Community Lodge 11 a.m.
  • Highpoint Circle at 3 Brothers Lane  11:35 a.m.
  • Bethel AME Church 12:10 a.m.
  • Hickory Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church 11:35 a.m.
  • Greenland Baptist Church 11 a.m.
  • Shannonwood Apartments 11 a.m.
  • Freedom Church 11:30 a.m.
  • Fishburne Educational Center 11 a.m.
  • Hanahan Baptist Church 11:25 a.m.
  • Hanahan Gymnasium 11:45 a.m.
  • Hanahan Middle School 12:05 p.m.
  • Seven Farms Apartments  11:35 a.m.
  • Saint John AME Church 12:25 p.m.
  • Holy Rock Temple of God Holiness 12:45 p.m.
  • Pine Lakes Apartments Office 11 a.m.
  • Collins Park Office 11:20 a.m.
  • River Ridge Townhouses 11:40 a.m.
  • Rosewood Townhomes Office noon
  • Birch Hollow MHP 12:10 p.m.
  • Patriots Place Townhomes Office 11 a.m.
  • Marrington Village Apartments Office 11:20 a.m.
  • Pinebrook Pointe Apartments Office 11:40 a.m.
  • The Villas At Summer Creek Office 12:20 p.m.
  • Shannon Park Apartments 12: 40 p.m.
  • Crowfield Baptist Church 12:40 p.m.
  • Wingate MHP Office 11 a.m.
  • Waters At St. James Pool 11:20 a.m.
  • Beckstone Apartments Office 11:40 a.m.
  • Cobbstone Village Apartments  Office noon
  • Macedonia Christian Church 12:30 p.m.

Dorchester School District 2

Dorchester School District Two will provide a grab and go lunch along with the next day’s breakfast at seven school sites: Alston Bailey Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Flowertown Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, Spann Elementary, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School and Reeves Elementary. 

Meal pickup is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Dorchester School District 4

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students during the school closure. Meals can be picked from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

  • Clay Hill Elementary
  • Four Holes Indian Reservation
  • Sampson Road Carter Station
  • Saint George Middle
  • Saint Mark United Methodist Church
  • Shady Grove United Methodist Church
  • Saint Matthews Baptist Church
  • Williams Memorial Elementary
  • New Grace United Methodist Church
  • Bethel #1 Church
  • Jerusalem Baptist Church
  • Saint Mark Baptist Church
  • Cedarwood Apartments
  • Harleyville Elementary School
  • Odyssey Educational Center
  • Winfield Apartments

Colleton County School District

Colleton County School District will have breakfast and lunch meals available for pickup at schools on Tuesday 9 to 11 a.m. Drivers will be able to receive their meal in their cars. Pickup locations are as follows:

  • Bells Elementary School
  • Black Street Early Childhood Center
  • Colleton County Middle School
  • Cottageville Elementary School
  • Hendersonville Elementary School

The district also will distribute meals via bus routes. Visit http://www.colletonsd.org for a full list of sites. 

Jasper County School District

Jasper County School District will provide students with two complete meals each day via school bus drop offs. 

There will be two school buses dedicated to the Hardeeville area and two school buses dedicated to Ridgeland area. The buses will arrive at the stops in between 11 a.m.  and 1 p.m.

Visit https://www.jcsd.net/apps/news/article/1186163 for a full list of sites and pick up times. 

Richland County School District 1

Grab and go breakfasts and lunches for all children under 18 will be available at designated spots across the district. 

Starting March 30, students will pick up one week’s worth of meals on Mondays. With the new meal distribution process, bus distribution sites will end on March 27. Parents can pick up meals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday. A child must be present to receive the meals. 

The following sites have been identified for meal distribution: 

  • Carver-Lyon Elementary School
  • Hyatt Park Elementary School
  • Caughman Road Elementary School
  • South Kilbourne Elementary School
  • Edward E. Taylor Elementary School
  • St. Andrews Middle School
  • Southeast Middle School
  • Eau Claire High School
  • Lower Richland High School
  • Richland One Central Kitchen

APRIL 1, 2020 – Are you looking for a job? These businesses have positions to fill. Click the logos below to view available job postings.

APRIL 1, 2020 – As we all adjust to staying home and keeping our distance from public places, many businesses have partnered with delivery services allowing home delivery of groceries, medicines, and other essentials. Here are a few you may find helpful.

Spark Delivery is Walmart’s grocery delivery solution. Customers can buy groceries online and have them delivered to their home.

CLICK HERE to learn more and download the app.

Instacart is a service that will deliver groceries from a variety of stores including Aldi, Food Lion, Kroger, Total Wine, Costco, CVS, Harris Teeter, Sam’s Club, Petco, BJ’s Wholesale, Target, and more.

CLICK HERE to sign up and start shopping.

CVS offers free delivery of prescriptions and essentials.

CLICK HERE to sign up for prescription delivery.

Walgreens offers multiple delivery options for prescriptions.

CLICK HERE for Walgreens delivery options.

Postmates will deliver meals from your favorite restaurants, essentials from local pharmacies, and groceries. Availability varies by region.

CLICK HERE to see what deliveries are available near you.

APRIL 1, 2020 – The CARES Act was recently passed to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Here are the sections of the CARES Act that may benefit you:

FREE CORONAVIRUS TESTING: All testing and potential vaccines for COVID-19 will be covered at no cost to patients.

DIRECT PAYMENTS: Americans who pay taxes will receive a one-time direct deposit of up to $1,200, and married couples will receive $2,400, plus an additional $500 per child. The payments will be available for incomes up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples.

CLICK HERE for additional information about payments.

UNEMPLOYMENT: The program provides $250 billion for extended unemployment benefits and expanded eligibility.

USE OF RETIREMENT FUNDS: The bill waives the 10% early withdrawal penalty for distributions up to $100,000 for coronavirus-related purposes, retroactive to Jan. 1. Withdrawals are still taxed, but taxes are spread over three years, or the taxpayer has the three-year period to roll it back over.

401K LOANS: The loan limit is increased from $50,000 to $100,000

CLICK HERE to review the CARES Act in its entirety.

MARCH 31, 2020 – VEC officials say that many first time unemployment filers are not filing for continued claims and may be missing out on hundreds of dollars in benefits. CLICK HERE to learn more.

MARCH 25, 2020 – As things progress with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are continually assessing and evaluating how to best serve our residents.  We are aware that changes are occurring rapidly and are staying abreast of the latest guidance to keep you informed.

Short and long-term impacts to the economy have not yet been determined, however we do understand that mandatory business restrictions may result in temporary reduction or loss of income, or loss of employment. We are committed to working with residents during this difficult time.

  1. Resident must inform the office in writing, prior to missing a rent payment, that they have a financial hardship directly related to COVID-19 that has resulted in a loss of income and/or employment.
    1. Download Rent Payment Deferral Request form
  2. Resident must provide a qualified verification from their employer or other income source that substantiates the loss or reduction in income.
  3. Only requests through May 2020 rent will be considered at this time.
  4. After review and approval, Lawson will require a repayment agreement be signed that does not exceed 6 months.
  5. Failure to pay in accordance with the repayment terms will result in a lease default for failure to pay rent.

This policy is in effect until April 30th, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rental Office via telephone or email.

Virginia is no longer requiring individuals filing for unemployment to wait an additional week before receiving benefits. If you have been laid off or had a reduction in hours for at least one full workday, CLICK HERE to file for benefits.

The United Way of South Hampton Roads is offering financial assistance to individuals struggling to pay rent due to economic impacts of Coronavirus. CLICK HERE or call 757-858-7777 for additional information.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

MARCH 31, 2020 – Good afternoon. We’re sure you’re all aware that yesterday afternoon Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 55, a stay-at-home order reinforcing Executive Order 53.

We understand the announcement of restrictions in this quickly evolving situation can create confusion, and we wish to provide clarity as to how these orders affect you in relation to how Lawson will continue to provide resident services.

The restrictions outlined in Executive Order 53 focus on restaurants, recreational, entertainment, and non-essential retail businesses. Lawson is considered an essential business under Executive Order 53, meaning we have a responsibility to stay open.

Executive Order 55 includes exceptions to the stay-at-home order, including:

  1. All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and Executive Order 53. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers. Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:

f. Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;

What this means to you is that property staff will continue to report to work and provide essential services to residents. You will continue to be able to contact property management via phone or email during normal business hours.

The health and safety of our employees, residents, and partners remains a top priority. Please continue to observe social distancing guidelines and other best practices and protocol that has been communicated over the past few weeks.

As a reminder, the following precautions are still in place:

  • Community offices are closed to walk-in traffic
  • Common area amenities are closed
  • Resident activities are cancelled
  • Maintenance personnel must wear gloves when working in resident units
  • We request residents make rent payments online if possible, and drop payments in the office drop box if they cannot make them online
  • Resident mail and packages will not be accepted at the office

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 53 on March 13, 2020 placing temporary restrictions on Restaurants, Recreational Entertainment, Gatherings, Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and closure of K-12 schools due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK HERE to view Executive Order 53

Governor Northam expanded on EO-53 with a Temporary Stay At Home Order Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 30, 2020. CLICK HERE to view Executive Order 55.

MARCH 31, 2020 – Good afternoon. We’re sure you’re all aware that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a State of Emergency and series of Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand the announcement of restrictions in this quickly evolving situation can create confusion, and we wish to provide clarity as to how these orders affect you in relation to how Lawson will continue to provide resident services.

Business restrictions related to Executive Orders have been primarily directed at restaurants. Lawson properties continue to operate with precautions outlined in recent communications.

What this means to you is that property staff will continue to report to work and provide essential services to residents. You will continue to be able to contact property management via phone or email during normal business hours.

The health and safety of our employees, residents, and partners remains a top priority. Please continue to observe social distancing guidelines and other best practices and protocol that has been communicated over the past few weeks.

As a reminder, the following precautions are still in place:

  • Community offices are closed to walk-in traffic
  • Common area amenities are closed
  • Resident activities are cancelled
  • Maintenance personnel must wear gloves when working in resident units
  • We request residents make rent payments online if possible, and drop payments in the office drop box if they cannot make them online
  • Resident mail and packages will not be accepted at the office

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency and issued related Executive Orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to view the declaration and orders in their entirety.

MARCH 25, 2020 – While we continue to place a priority on social distancing and doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be expanding the list of available service and maintenance requests available to residents at this time. Please follow your normal routine for placing requests for the following services:

  • Fire
  • Gas leak
  • No heat
  • Toilet backed up
  • Toilet running continually
  • Plumbing drip
  • Security issue
  • Smoke detector issue
  • Sewer backed up
  • Clogged drain
  • Water leak
  • Flooding
  • Power outage
  • Lighting outage
  • Appliances not working properly
  • Broken/inoperable window
  • Broken/inoperable door or lock
  • A/C not working
  • Lockouts
  • Roof leak
  • No hot water

MARCH 20, 2020 – We hope you agree how important it is that we all work together and share responsibility for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health of everyone in our community.

One of the most effective methods of accomplishing this is to be vigilant about following recommended guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and linens, and personal hygiene.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING SURFACES

  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • Carefully discard gloves after each cleaning
  • If reusable gloves must be used, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes
  • Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting
  • For disinfecting surfaces, diluted household bleach solution, alcohol solutions containing at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered disinfectants should be effective
    • If you have trouble finding packaged disinfectant products, you can prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 
      • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water 
  • Bleach solutions may damage some surfaces. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. 
  • Products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.). 
  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpet, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning: 
  • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely or use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces. 

WASHING CLOTHES, TOWELS, LINENS, AND ITEMS THAT GO IN THE LAUNDRY

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person
  • Carefully discard gloves after use
  • If reusable gloves must be used, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes
  • Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed
  • If gloves are not available, wash hands immediately after handling laundry and before touching anything else
  • Try not to shake dirty laundry to avoid dispersing virus through the air
  • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely
  • Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered. 

PERSONAL HYGIENE AND OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially
    • After contact with an ill person
    • After removing gloves
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing 
    • After using the restroom 
    • Before eating or preparing food 
    • After contact with animals or pets 
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child) 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Avoid handshakes and unnecessary contact with others
  • Maintain social distancing

A full list of EPA registered disinfectants believed effective against Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Additional guidance for cleaning and disinfecting to protect against Coronavirus can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

MARCH 17, 2020 – With the continued threat of COVID-19 we are implementing additional strategies to protect the health of our residents and staff, and to do our part in assisting with the prevention of further spread of the virus. We understand some of these changes may be inconvenient, but please remember these are temporary measures intended to promote social distancing and protect you and others in our community. 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: 

  • Community offices will be closed to walk-in traffic 
  • Community staff will be available to communicate with residents via phone and email during normal business hours 
  • Common area amenities will be closed – this includes the clubhouse, fitness center, play areas, refreshments, etc. 
    • Laundry facilities will remain open 
  • Maintenance will be limited to emergencies only 
  • Resident events and activities will be cancelled 
  • If you are able, we ask that you make rent payments online rather than in person. If that is not possible, please utilize the rent payment drop box in front of the office 
  • Resident mail and packages will not be accepted at the office – please arrange for deliveries to be sent to your apartment 

We must all share responsibility for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. To that end, please continue to follow these best practices. 

  • Stay informed – get up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 from reputable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  • Maintain Social Distancing and avoid close contact with others whenever possible 
  • Limit business and personal travel as much as possible 
  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Wash your hands and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes 
  • Avoid handshakes 

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