Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Works To Protect Homeless Households and Prevent Spread of Covid-19 - Update
(March 27, 2020) -- The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, in coordination with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is collaborating with homeless housing and service providers to protect sheltered and unsheltered homeless households and staff in the face of the COVID-19 threat.
Persons experiencing homelessness are among the community’s most vulnerable and may be at risk of infection. Among the action steps:
- Hygiene, safety and food kits are provided to unsheltered homeless persons along with educational information.
- Temperature checks are conducted during street Covid-19 screenings. Social distancing highly encouraged at hotspots.
- Homeless outreach personnel are equipped with gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes, trash bags and other protective supplies. Assessment and referrals continue.
- Homeless intake areas are regularly cleaned and sanitized, including furniture, counters and door handles. Trilingual prevention signage posted.
- Outreach teams are taking temperatures of unsheltered homeless persons to pre-identify those with symptoms.
- Trilingual information on protective measures and symptoms posted throughout shelter facilities
- High-risk clients pre-identified, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
- Increased surface area cleaning is done all facilities, with particular attention to elevators, doorknobs, push bars and common areas.
- Increased access to hand sanitizers and/or wipes is being provided throughout shelter facilities
- Meals for unsheltered persons are provided at Camillus House and Miami Rescue Mission.
- Staff has been educated on symptom screening and protocols for testing referrals.
- Indoor feeding sites and shower facilities for unsheltered persons are operational but adjusting their protocols.
- Contract execution and reimbursement review is continuing.
- Isolation protocols are being created for clients.
“The Homeless Trust is proactive in engaging our housing and support service providers to offer guidance, assess needs, and facilitate vital connections to local, state and federal resources,” said Trust Chairman Ronald L. Book. “Our preparations have to consider the fact that much of our population does not have a ‘home’ with which to self-quarantine, therefore, we have broader issues to consider. We will continue to work to ensure homeless households have access to shelter, care and food while doing all we can to mitigate the virus’ spread.”
For more information on the print resources made available to the Trust’s homeless population, visit https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/print-resources.page.