As the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across the metro-area community, the local labor community is pulling together. The AFL-CIO Housing and Investment Trust contributed $10,000 to the Community Services Agency's Emergency Assistance Fund to help laid-off union members. “We are honored to help respond to the immediate daily financial needs of the local labor community in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area where we are headquartered,” said Chang Suh, CEO and Co-Chief Portfolio Manager of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. “We believe that the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust has a responsibility to provide emergency support for union families to meet basic needs during the ever-changing challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic.” Mr. Suh added that “I was raised in a local union household, and have a deep appreciation of the importance of the labor movement. As part of our mission, as with earlier financial crises, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust stands ready to be a catalyst to spur growth by creating union construction jobs, and building affordable housing, as the COVID 19 virus subsides.” "We're deeply thankful for the Housing and Investment Trust 's generosity," said CSA Executive Director Sonte DuCote. "More than that, we appreciate their confidence in our work to support labor during this challenging time. CSA helped local workers after 9/11 and we'll be there for them again in this crisis." Contributions to CSA's Emergency Assistance Fund can be made online or send a check payable to Community Services Agency, 815 16th Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20006.