Baltimore City Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young has released an emergency response plan for people experiencing homelessness.
From a city news release:
Mayor Young directed the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) to work in partnership with homeless service providers and public and private agencies, to implement a range of prevention and response strategies to support individuals who are at particularly high risk of contracting communicable diseases and unable to self-isolate at home.
The city’s plan contains five critical interventions:
- Emergency Shelter Assessments and Testing
- Hospital Discharge Practices
- Isolation Sites
- Expanded Capacity for Social Distancing in Shelters
- Outreach to People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness
Additional planning from the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services includes interim guidance and local and national resources to all homeless service providers and community partners.