The Coalition for the Homeless is continually monitoring the City’s response to the outbreak and working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Our report, “COVID-19 and Homelessness in New York City: Pandemic Pandemonium for New Yorkers Without Homes,” outlines the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on homeless New Yorkers, provides a look at government responses in the early months of the crisis, and recommends urgent actions to support homeless New Yorkers.
Months into the pandemic, the City is still failing to adequately protect homeless New Yorkers. People who are sleeping unsheltered on the streets face a dire lack of access to bathrooms where they can fulfill basic human functions and follow public health guidance to wash their hands regularly. Meanwhile, after the City finally moved many homeless adults out of crowded dorm-style shelters and into hotel rooms in order to protect them from the virus, Mayor de Blasio has recently indicated that he might move those people back into congregate shelters prematurely. Contact your elected officials now to urge them to provide public restrooms for people on the streets, and to resist the misguided and short-sighted calls to move people back into congregate shelters before it is safe to do so.
Contact your elected officials now