COVID positive homeless population, has nowhere to go
WICOMICO CO, Md. – A council member and homeless advocate, agree that there is a concern for those who are testing positive for COVID- 19, but are homeless and have little to no resources. With rising numbers, these homeless advocates are calling on the state for help.
“I hope we can get some support for these folks, because it’s desperately needed,” says Salisbury Council member for District 4, Michele Gregory.
Gregory also says, the homeless population has been an on going concern throughout the state. However, with the pandemic still causing a headache, many are asking one question about what happens to the homeless when they test positive for COVID-19, “Where do they go, that is a question that has yet to be answered,” says executive director of the Fenix Youth Project, Amber Green.
Green also tells 47 abc, if someone tests positive, they cannot be in a shelter so it doesn’t spread. However, there is nowhere for them to go.
“Our homeless population do not get the same quick response as it would if it was a natural disaster, however we’re in the middle of a pandemic and there are people who are most vulnerable that are not getting resources,” adds Green.
Between slow testing, lack of housing, and a lack of funding for housing, many shelter volunteers and council men and woman are concerned about how to help this on going problem.
Gregory says, “there are going to be a lot of people losing their housing and there are going to be a lot of people who are going to end up on the streets, and it’s going to make fighting COVID that much harder.” Gregory also adds, providing resources like sanitizing equipment, clean water and shelter to quarantine, should be among the resources given to COVID positive populations.
“We want the county council to really address this and put this on their top priority, and the homeless population needs to be our primary focus.” states Green.
If you would like to volunteer with the Fenix Youth Project, you can visit fenixyouthproject.org/getinvolved.