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 NEWS RELEASE 

 

The Calvert-Charles-St. Mary’s Continuum of Care (CoC) is the primary regional body that coordinates efforts to address homelessness throughout Southern Maryland. The CoC is unique as it combines the efforts of three distinct local jurisdictions, each of whom is committed to preventing and ending homelessness in their community. Calvert-Charles-St. Mary’s Continuum of Care • P.O. Box 776, Lexington Park, MD 20653 

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 13, 2020
Media Contact: Corae Young, Chair, Calvert-Charles-St. Mary’s Continuum of Care 
Office: 301.609-9900 ext. 214 
Email: cyoung@lifestylesofmd.org 

 

Resources for Homeless Individuals during COVID-19 Crisis 

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our homeless and our communities. Our Continuum of Care is concerned that our homeless individuals have access to resources and shelter during this time. Unfortunately, due to limited availability of hypothermia shelter sites, the overnight shelter programs that were available may have to close. We are strongly supporting homeless households in connecting with family and/or friends during this time to allow them to stay, even if on a temporary basis, until the threat of COVID-19 is completed. 

We are working with the local Departments of Health, Department of Social Services, and Emergency Services to collaborate on finding other temporary and permanent resources for households. Standalone shelter programs are addressing the emergency needs of their staff and participants. Donations of sanitizer and gloves are requested from the community to be used at shelter sites. 

We are urging shelter programs to follow CDC guidelines and protocols. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the dedicated knowledge centers on the WHO and CDC websites, and check with your local health organization. 

We are requesting that community members contact their elected officials regarding pending federal legislation that could support the housing and healthcare needs of our most vulnerable, including the homeless and those that could be at imminent risk of homelessness due to loss of income during this time. ensure that any emergency spending package includes resources to ensure housing stability for people with the greatest needs. Extremely low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness are often seniors, people with disabilities and/or people with underlying health conditions, making them vulnerable to severe illness from the coronavirus. These same families and individuals are likely to live in close-quarters with others, be unable to implement social distancing mechanisms, and have no ability to self-isolate should they be exposed to the virus. 

Please call your representatives and senators TODAY to urge them address the housing and health needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness who are at the greatest risk in the coronavirus pandemic. 

Additional Resources and Information: 

  • CDC: Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
  • HUD: Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs 
  • HUD: Questions to Assist CoCs and Public Health Authorities to Limit the Spread of Infectious Disease in Homeless Programs 
  • HUD: Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness 

 

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