Addressing COVID-19 Among People Experiencing Homelessness

Addressing COVID-19 Among People Experiencing Homelessness

The Pasadena Partnership is continuing to monitor developments around coronavirus (COVID-19) and has taken several preventative and preparation measures in the event of an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness in our community. We remain committed to ensuring our providers and community members are provided with the most up-to-date information on our ongoing efforts as the situation develops.
Please see below for an update on the actions we have taken:
1. We are continuing to work in close collaboration with the Pasadena Public Health Department to share formal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and additional local guidance with providers that administer programs serving people experiencing or people who have formerly experienced homelessness.

2. We are in the process of securing and placing hand washing stations across the City in areas that are accessible to our homeless neighbors. We would like to thank our community partners Lake Avenue Church, First United Methodist Church, Pasadena Humane Society, and Friends In Deed for their support and partnership as host sites for these initial stations.

3. In the absence of accessible hygiene facilities, we are in the process of procuring and siting a mobile shower service to meet the basic hygiene needs of our unsheltered neighbors. We are further working to assemble hygiene kits that contain information on available resources, including the location of hygiene facilities, which can be accessed during this time of crisis.

4. We are taking proactive steps to provide immediate accommodations to seniors and other high-risk groups with chronic health conditions as a precautionary measure. Individual motel/hotel rooms will be used for isolation and quarantine purposes to keep our medically vulnerable and older adults safe. In addition, we are working to ensure these folks are also provided with case management services and other amenities necessary to meet basic essential needs, such as food and medication.

5. We have successfully secured critical supplies to ensure ongoing operations for several pre-identified key sites within the community.

6. The City passed an eviction moratorium at a special meeting May 17. Once this is lifted, tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. As such, we are engaged in efforts looking at ways to scale up and expand homelessness prevention resources/services given the anticipated growing need following the pandemic.

We will continue to update resources and information about COVID-19 on our website at https://pasadenapartnership.org/covid-19/ as the situation continues to evolve. Please be sure to check back regularly for updates.