While the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken billions of individuals around the world, the crisis disproportionally affects the most marginalized and disadvantaged members of society. Not only is the number of cases among the homeless population underreported in New York City, but a kaleidoscope of pre-existing neglect, closure of businesses and public spaces, and continued stigma places the lives of the homeless at particular risk during this pandemic.
Homeless individuals, who are often left behind by government-based relief programs, faced with substantially increased infection risk, and blocked from accessing basic healthcare services, are bearing compounding burdens due to the pandemic.
At PPE4ALL, we believe that experiencing housing insecurity should not preclude access to healthcare, especially during this crisis. We are taking steps to support the important work of homeless relief organizations by providing face shields, sewn masks, and hand sanitizer to organizations in the city.
In the Hudson Valley, we at PPE4ALL have also delivered PPE to Hudson River Housing, an organization working to provide shelter and affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prevents virus-laden droplets from spreading person-to-person, an essential not only in this time of crisis, but also as the city takes steps to reopen in the future.
They need housing. It is healthcare.
-Charles King (CEO of Housing Works)