https://secureservercdn.net/220.127.116.11/275.2a4.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/water-1759703_1920.jpg?time=1585948864 1024 1920 Elyse Hamilton-Childres https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/275.2a4.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Dashboard-Logo.png Elyse Hamilton-Childres2020-04-01 14:43:192020-04-01 14:52:48Long Term Intervention: Funding Distribution & Flexibility
On March 18, a new Building Bridges blog series was launched to share solutions from other communities and highlight key interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week’s blog post focused on eviction prevention. In addition to addressing the pre-existing issues of housing instability and homelessness, organizations are also adapting daily to the challenge of protecting the health of clients and staff. These changes are critical to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensure that residents have safe, stable shelter or housing for as long as possible. As of March 31, there have been at least 2 deaths reported among people experiencing homelessness nationwide. According to one new report released last week, over 21,000 people experiencing homelessness in the United States are predicted to need hospitalization, with as many as 3,400 likely to die as a result of COVID-19. In addition, the report estimates that an additional 400,000 beds will be needed across the country to adequately shelter and quarantine individuals experiencing homelessness. According to the report, the 12-month price tag to provide shelter and quarantine beds in alignment with new CDC guidelines is estimated at $11 billion. This new Building Bridges series looks at community responses to COVID-19 using a prospicient lens: What short-term, community responses can become long-term, systemic solutions? Which immediate interventions can effectively and efficiently address the structural issues that lead to housing instability and homelessness? What “new thing” can evolve into “business as usual?” And what is needed to create healthy, stable communities permanently? This week’s blog post is dedicated to the issue of flexibility and sustainability of funding that addresses housing instability and homelessness in response to COVID-19.