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
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.”
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