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Fighting the Coronavirus & Protecting the Unhoused: Policies & Polling   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Unhoused populations are always vulnerable to health risks and disease, a vulnerability now heightened by the coronavirus epidemic and the spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. People without homes more often come into contact with potentially infected surfaces and people, and those in emergency shelters must congregate in tight spaces and share facilities like showers and laundry. Shelters often have high-density, with people housed in bunk beds and cramped quarters. The prescribed 'social distancing' is not an option for the unhoused, nor can they follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to stay in one's home. Without policies to protect the unhoused, they will remain at higher risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19. [...] We asked voters about policies that would slow the spread of the coronavirus by protecting unhoused populations, and found significant bipartisan support."

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2020-03
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