Hundreds of District of Columbia Housing Authority families will benefit from a generous donation of lightly used appliances from Sonder, a tech-enabled hospitality company that aims to redefine the travel experience through inspiring design and modern service.
Approximately 200 electric appliances including refrigerators, stoves and ranges, dishwashers, and microwaves were recently donated to DCHA for use in their new, rehabilitated, or existing units.
“These appliances will assist the agency to offset the increasing costs in sustaining our properties with limited and reduced federal funding while still providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing for our low- and moderate-income families,” said Katrina Jeter, a relocation coordinator with DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.
These white, stainless steel, and black appliances are the second donation from Sonder. Last summer, DCHA customers benefited from a donation of bedroom sets, couches, dining room tables and chairs, rugs, and other furniture.
“We’ve been pleased to partner with DCHA to find deserving homes for furniture and electric appliances that we no longer use for Sonder spaces,” said Patrick Weeks, Sonder’s General Manager of D.C. “We’re grateful for all the work this impactful organization is doing to provide quality affordable housing for those in need in the D.C. area, and are humbled by the opportunity to contribute to these efforts.”
Through Sonder’s global donation program, their city teams have been partnering with local non-profits to donate extra furniture to homes and community spaces or by selling them to raise funds for local causes. From sofas and washing machines to lamps and hair dryers, the company has been able to help furnish more than 100 apartments through about $500,000 worth of donations in 2020 alone.
The introduction between Sonder and DCHA was made by Olympia Moving & Storage President, Piet Gauchat, whose company has been working closely with the agency to assist families requiring their services since 2017. Olympia Moving & Storage, a 27-year-old national company, has been instrumental in the successful relocation of residents affected by redevelopment, environmental, health and/or safety issues, and interim controls.
Sonder also made a recent donation to D.C.’s Project Forklift; Urban City Management, a DCHA partner; Salvation Army; and Habitat for Humanity.