Thursday, August 20, 2020

Recovery\Homelessness in COVID-19 2020. What are the next steps beyond 'business as usual'?

 

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While social isolation may have become the new normal, for homeless people, staying healthy during a pandemic presents a unique challenge that requires unique solutions. Cities nationwide have been scrambling to find answers.

 


Monica Valdes Lupi


Claude A. Jacob, the chief public health officer of Cambridge Health Alliance, has been part of that search for solutions in Cambridge, MA. When the city established a temporary homeless shelter, health workers realized they would need help establishing key safety measures.
 

“I was looking for any organizations that could help us acquire personal protective equipment,” Jacob told us. “The CDC Foundation came through in the clutch.”

The new relationship between the city of Cambridge and the Foundation soon led to additional funding to help support the shelter and boost similar service providers, like food pantries.

 

 

“From the time that we applied for and received the funding, the turnaround time seemed like it was overnight.  That made a world of difference for us to support our response efforts on the ground.”



You can make it possible for us to create meaningful change in communities, Will you help us harness our collective power against the virus? Join us to crush COVID!

Together our impact is greater.

 

 

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