How you can support our neighbors experiencing homelessness
We understand that the outbreak and precautionary measures around COVID-19 have made this a very uneasy and difficult time for our community.
It is a particularly tough time for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, who are especially vulnerable to contagious illnesses like COVID-19. Homelessness is already hard on a person’s health, but adding another illness makes it even harder, especially without ready access to health care or a safe space to stay while they’re sick.
We’re grateful to our city and county workers and service providers who are coordinating efforts and working tirelessly to slow the spread of COVID-19 by providing sheltered spaces, sanitation measures, and health services to keep everyone safe.
Want to know what you can do? Here are a few ways to help keep our community safe and healthy:
- Stay updated and respect the precautions and guidelines laid out by officials. This will help prevent the spread of the virus and make sure those most vulnerable can access health care services. Learn more about the personal precautions you should take at the King County Department of Public Health COVID-19 page.
- Donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership of philanthropic, government and business partners, that will deploy resources to improve response efforts in communities disproportionately impacted.
- Check out this article from Seattle MET on other ways you can help – like donating goods to shelters and ways you can limit your personal activity in smart ways.
- Visit our We Are In partners page here. Many of our partners are service providers who are working hard to aid our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Visit their websites to find out more about what they need and how you can help.
- Spread the word! Share this post to your networks, friends, and families so that together, we can keep our community – especially those most vulnerable – safe.