The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the University of South Florida, released a new report entitled, Send Red, Not Blue: The Homeless Resident. This report highlights some of the challenges those experiencing homelessness face during major disasters, such as eligibility criteria for resources, loss of belongings, documentation, etc. It provides an overview of the efforts of Florida’s Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties in establishing policies and procedures to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness. These two counties are often subject to frequent storms, hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters.
The report concludes by highlighting practices communities can enact to ensure that the needs of those experiencing homelessness are taken into consideration during emergency and disaster planning.
Click here to read the report.