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Every day we hear from local families who need help
We are receiving an increasing number of calls from people seeking assistance. One from a 75-year-old woman who is terminally ill, who was asked to leave her shared housing due to the health crisis. One from a couple in an RV, one of whom is 80 years old, looking for safe parking and facilities. One from an 87-year-old woman who also is living in her vehicle.
How can those who are homeless “shelter-in-home”?
With the closure of gyms, those living in their cars no longer have access to restroom or bathing facilities. Some people who are sharing homes/renting rooms are being asked to leave or having their household privileges confined. One person we spoke with who is in shared housing was told he could no longer use the common areas of the home, including use of the kitchen.
Those who are living out-of-doors are seeking shelter and additional services. Some of them are being bullied because they are not “indoors.” For those with nowhere to go, they are not required to be indoors but are required to keep a distance of at least six feet. We are working to ensure people understand this, and to supply them with items for proper hygiene and protection.
We are in touch with area restaurants and their food suppliers to provide meals for those who are homeless and those who may be facing food insecurity due to loss of wages. We are especially concerned about service workers and others who may be impacted due to the loss of work.
Our offices may be closed, but we are still “open for business”
We are continuing with all services, including information and referral, receiving mail for existing clients, and providing case management and housing assistance to help house those who are homeless and to prevent eviction.
How you can help
There are heroes among us trying to rise to the challenge. For those who are serving on the front lines, please join us in saying thank you.
Please consider making a cash donation today to support our work on the frontlines. Our staff members continue to answer calls for assistance, to house homeless families, to find life-saving supplies for those who can’t do it themselves, and to make sure those who are most vulnerable know they are not forgotten.