May 11, 2020
Clearing homeless encampments is now, more than ever, not the solution to the homeless crisis in our city. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has recently issued the following recommendation: “Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community spread of COVID-19. Clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers. This increases the potential for infectious disease spread.” When outreach workers make connections with folks and start the process of gaining trust and identifying needs, it is extremely important for these connections to grow, not to be fractured when they are told to move along.