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As city shelters in place, what about our unsheltered neighbors?
City Inside/Out: COVID-19: Homeless Help

As everyone shelters in place during the COVID-19 crisis, what's happening with the homeless? Are service providers able to meet the needs of this vulnerable population? Can local leaders prevent the virus from spreading at shelters while creating a viable long-term approach?


Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, City of Seattle

Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)

More information:

Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) lihi.org

Seattle COVID-19 Resources: seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19#healthcarehygienesupport

Hygiene Facilities: https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/andrew-lewis/hygiene-facilities  

Free showers: https://parkways.seattle.gov/2020/03/16/seattle-parks-and-recreations-free-shower-program-operating-on-modified-schedule-at-5-community-centers/  

COVID testing for the homeless: https://protect2.fireeye.com/v1/url?k=3630d9c9-6abbc13f-3630f179-ac1f6b0176f4-4600838a0a0f1809&q=1&e=c2a8db5e-af42-43f1-9171-a612bef4305f&u=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F12NS63t8RR_IastjFGqYxTELxpR_ku6TS%2Fview  

King County Resources: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/homeless-health/healthcare-for-the-homeless/covid.aspx  

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST. 

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127 or visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/

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