NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The coronavirus is causing the closure of homeless centers across the United States, putting LGBT+ people without housing at increased risk of suicide, health complications or hate crimes, according to homelessness experts.
Homeless centers said they have been forced to shut their doors in order to follow safety precautions over social distancing as enforced by international governments and health organizations. There are about 10,000 shelters for homeless people […]
In overcrowded shelters in Orange County, many are in rows of beds within a few feet of each other.
“It’s appalling. One person gets a cough and everyone gets it" – Wendy Powitzky, 49, at La Mesa shelter in Anaheim. “We’ve already been passing around a standard cold.”
— Sam Levin (@SamTLevin) March 19, 2020
Read the ACLU SoCal letter to Orange County officials. They need to establish and enforce health and safety standards in all OC shelters and provide people with motel and housing vouchers. Shelters are highly potent modes of transmission of COVID-19.https://t.co/zcNBP3ooqz
— Eve Garrow (@EveGarrow) March 19, 2020