City leaders take precautions to keep homeless population safe from COVID-19

SALISBURY, Md. – In Salisbury, both city and county leaders are stepping up to the plate to help people in the homeless community to shelter in place during the pandemic.

Salisbury’s Housing First Program tells 47ABC they are looking for different ways to protect vulnerable homeless populations from the coronavirus.

They are planning on establishing a specific location where the homeless can stay in tents near portable toilets and handwashing stations.

Officials say this move is critical to help provide public safety to all.

“This is a time that we’ve never seen before,” said Christine Chestnutt, Salisbury’s housing and homelessness manager.

“We’re just going to have to do measures that we wouldn’t normally do to protect everyone so this is going to be what we feel like is the best solution for now,” said Chestnutt.

We are told officials hope to have these tents up by the end of next week.

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