Convert Empty NYC Hotels to Triage Sites for Coronavirus, Advocates Demand

Hotels hollowed out by the coronavirus could be re-purposed into triage centers and housing for homeless New Yorkers diagnosed with the disease, advocates said Thursday.

“Many of the current recommendations like self-quarantine and social distancing are impossible for homeless New Yorkers, who lack the security and privacy of a home,” said Coalition for the Homeless Policy Director Giselle Routhier.

“There are ways the Department of Homeless Services and our governing bodies can work together to ensure vulnerable populations like the homeless are well-supported,” she said.

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