by Charlie Shaddox
Communications Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities
Originally published in the Connecticut Mirror, April 3, 2020
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the tens of millions of people who have been self-isolating at home for the past few weeks. This “new normal” has already changed the way we work and live; and with so much turmoil in the world, many people are asking how they can give back to help the people most impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.
One group being hit particularly hard by COVID-19 is America’s homeless population. At a time where people are being asked to “stay at home,” hundreds of thousands of people in our country don’t have a home to go back to. And with millions of layoffs across the country already, we’re at risk of seeing people lose their homes due to an inability to pay their rent or mortgage.
This is a moment for us to come together and help people who need it. Here are three things you can do to help the homeless while sheltered at home.