As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in the United States, many are preparing to work from home, face quarantines, and encounter some level of disruption to their daily activities. For the elderly, those with preexisting conditions or other health challenges, and other higher-risk individuals, the spread of the virus may also bring anxiety. And for individuals experiencing homelessness, this public health situation can expose additional dangers.
Advocates working in local programs and shelters are facing additional challenges as they seek to continue uninterrupted services for their residents. In response to the request of guidance and resources for emergency preparedness for homeless shelters and programs concerning the novel coronavirus, below are some recommendations and resources.
While the scope of the pandemic may be unprecedented, the resilience of our service providers and our shared work to end homelessness in the face of overwhelming challenges is nothing new. We have faced disasters both natural and manmade, and economic crises that lasted for months. You are experts in helping others and most of all, you are skilled, creative problem-solvers who are centering on the needs of those experiencing homelessness every day.
** We will continue to update this as new information and resources become available. **
Center for Disease Control
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Coalition for the Homeless
Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency
The time for community-based organizations to plan for a disease-related public health emergency is now
What State and Local Leaders Can Do for Homeless Populations. https://endhomelessness.org/covid-19-what-state-and-local-leaders-can-do-for-homeless-populations/
Top 10 Non-Profit Check-List Corona Virus http://www.cramerphilanthropy.com/top-10-non-profit-check-list-coronavirus/
What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation https://blog.boardsource.org/blog/what-nonprofit-board-members-should-be-doing-right-now-to-address-the-covid-19-situation?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=84813146&_hsenc=p2ANqtz---7Zjb1QH3f-B6WLWq1XyfRhDoC_pyZDXixvA4vog5E_pwCZXcjH68d8Ij39u8D6G6hRdXO8xJBuf5aGA3QgFbcl4oqg&_hsmi=84813146
Fieldstone Leadership Network Resources. Leading and Managing Thru Covid 19. https://fieldstoneleadershipsd.org/blog/resources-leading-and-managing-thru-covid-19/
Leading Builders of America COVID-19 Response Team: Mask & Eye Protection Collection Points https://www.homeaid.org/images/documents/Leading%20Builders%20of%20America%20COVID-19%20Response%20Team%20(7).pdf
Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, shortness of breath and coughing. These symptoms can be associated with a number of illnesses including Influenza (flu).
The following are basic preventative actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19: