Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Op-Ed: The COVID-19 Response to Homelessness: A newfound commitment that must last beyond the pandemic

In recent months, much attention has turned to what can and should be done about homelessness during this crisis period. It bears reminding that this level of urgency and attention should arguably be the norm, and the issues exposed by COVID-19 are by no means new for those directly affected or those working in the sector. However, the kinds of responses required by the outbreak have revealed gaps in our social protection systems to a wider public. The outbreak has laid bare social protection structures often heavily reliant on a large voluntary workforce, as well as the extreme vulnerability that a prolonged situation of homelessness inevitably leads to because of weakened immune and respiratory systems. Read More