Over the past year as the Pandemic raged around the world the Chelsea Housing Authority has been working diligently to protect it’s residents, many of whom are elderly and/or have several co-mobilities. The maintenance staff has cleaned every surface thousands of times, staff have handed out masks at dozens of distribution events and hundreds of residents have been vaccinated to protect their health.
Just this past month on March 18th The Chelsea Housing Authority teamed up with MGH Chelsea, Chelsea Public Health Department, and the Chelsea Senior Center to bring an in-house vaccination clinic to the Margolis Apartments on Clark Ave to vaccinate elderly residents across their real estate portfolio. The clinic also serviced staff that makes regular contact with residents and several other seniors who had no other way to receive their vaccines via their partnership with the Chelsea Senior Center. Building on the spirit of cooperation Mystic Valley Elder Services stepped in to ensure residents who did not reside in the building had safe, reliable and accessible transportation to and from the clinic. A second clinic for these residents is in the works for mid-March and all the same partners are already signed up.
Fellow Chamber Member MGH Chelsea is no stranger to the Margolis Apartments as they were on site in the spring of 2020 to bring one of the first in the state on-site Covid-19 testing clinics to the top floor community room over-looking the city. Chelsea Housing Authority for their part have shown a penchant for bringing together local businesses, government entities and non-profits to service their residents. In February and March they teamed up with The City of Chelsea, Mascon Medical, the Chelsea Fire Fighters, the Chelsea Senior Center and Brewster Ambulance to bring a first and second shot Moderna clinic to the Buckley Apartments in the center of the city.
These examples represent only a fraction of the partnerships that have allowed Chelsea Housing Authority to be featured in publications like the New York Times and recognized by organizations like the Stop Bullying Coalition during this Pandemic. When we leverage the resources, we all hold individually we can create something bigger and bolder than any of us. As we move forward during these unprecedented times these partnerships and cooperation are and will remain essential.