As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grip New York City, few are at greater risk than homeless families and individuals. Those without homes have nowhere to self-quarantine, cannot practice social distancing, and those on the streets lack even regular access to a sink with running water and soap to wash their hands. Furthermore, homeless New Yorkers generally don’t have quality health care, and are likely to have the types of underlying medical conditions that result in high mortality rates should they contract the virus.
The Coalition has been operating around the clock to meet the needs of homeless New Yorkers during this crisis. The shelter-in-place order from the Governor on March 20 resulted in many frontline services for homeless people – such as soup kitchens, food pantries and drop-in centers – suspending operations, which created a tremendous surge in need on the streets. In response, below are just some of the steps the Coalition for the Homeless has taken to date:
The Coalition will continue to operate seven days a week, as it always has, protecting the lives and wellbeing of our most vulnerable neighbors.
From July 8th to 14th, we raised funds to support our ongoing COVID relief efforts for homeless New Yorkers — providing food, distributing masks & PPE, and advocating for the underserved — through a special online auction featuring opportunities to meet celebrity chefs Ina Garten, David Chang and Ignacio Mattos and actors Kathleen Turner and Andrew Rannells.
Please consider making a donation to support our efforts.
For more information about our response to the COVID crisis, click here.