With Election Day just two months away, Housing and Development Services, Inc. (HDS Companies) is supporting its employees’ right to vote or volunteer in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching a nonpartisan company-wide movement: HDS Votes.

HDS founder and CEO Cristina Miranda Gilson announced that Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, will be a company-wide paid holiday. All Housing and Development SoftwareeHousingPlus, and HDS Foundation employees will take the day off to vote, assist others in voting or volunteer at the polls. HDS joins a growing number of employers across the U.S. who are taking action to provide paid time to their staff to exercise their citizenship without the burden of any loss of wages and participate in an Election Day of Service.

Leading up to the paid company holiday on Election Day, HDS will share voter information, resources, and tools to inform and organize its workforce. These efforts are designed to cause a necessary shift in culture to increase voter participation in our presidential election. In the United States, Election Day is not a federal holiday, and every Election Day, millions of Americans try to take enough time away from work to vote. The HDS leadership team is confident that providing the Paid Time Off alleviates any concerns of voter location delays due to the current pandemic.

“The 2020 election may well be the most critical election of our lifetime. I urge other companies to join HDS in pledging to provide employees time off to vote and participate in an Election Day of Service,” said Cristina Miranda Gilson, founder and CEO at HDS Companies. “We must unify as a country and protect our democracy: our future depends on it.”

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ABOUT HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, INC. (HDS COMPANIES)

Founded in 1998, Housing and Development Services, Inc. (HDS Companies), through its two business divisions, Housing and Development Software and eHousingPlus, is the leading provider of diverse business solutions and professional technical services in the U.S. Affordable Housing and Community Development Marketplace. HDS has collaborated with more than 150 state and local agencies throughout the continental United States and has remained on top of its game for 22 years.

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