COVID-19: How to Support People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many cities and states have ordered their residents to shelter in place. These shelter in place orders have brought to light a glaring problem with the US housing system: that many people do not have a place to shelter. People experiencing unsheltered homelessness may be at a greater risk for infection during community spread of COVID-19. Outdoor sleeping does not provide protection from the environment, quick access to hygiene, sanitation facilities, or connection to critical healthcare services. It is imperative for local leaders to provide for their unsheltered population – to help flatten the curve and stymie the growth of a population that has been systematically underserved.
Join the National Alliance to End Homelessness, City of Chattanooga, and the National Low-Income Housing Coalition to learn what steps local leaders can take to support those experiencing unsheltered homelessness during crisis response, how to support an equitable and inclusive recovery, and improve resiliency by understanding the longstanding challenges that have been exacerbated by this crisis.