What LAHSA is doing regarding the Coronavirus

Many questions about COVID-19 — commonly referred to simply as Coronavirus — remain unanswered, and among them is the question of what is being done regarding one of our most vulnerable populations — our unhoused neighbors.

For the past few weeks, LAHSA has been carefully monitoring the developments related to Coronavirus and taking appropriate measures to prepare for a possible outbreak among people experiencing homelessness. We are actively working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We’re taking COVID-19 very seriously,” LAHSA Interim Executive Director Heidi Marston said. “We’re working with the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and federal partners to promote effective hygiene and prevent potential Coronavirus infections among those experiencing homelessness.

“In addition, we are training our outreach teams and our provider network on best practices for working with people who may have contracted Coronavirus and equipping them with additional sanitation equipment to keep themselves and people experiencing homelessness safe.”

Here’s what we’re doing in response:

  • We are assisting the LA Mayor’s Office, County Board of Supervisors, and City Councilmembers by advising on hygiene station placement and identifying spaces as potential isolation sites for people with coronavirus should they be needed.

We will continue to update resources and information on our website as the situation continues to unfold.

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We lead the fight to end #homelessness in LA County. www.lahsa.org.