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Help For Our Homeless Population—- L.A. Supervisor Provides $575,000 Grant for COVID-19 Protection for Homeless

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said today that his office provided $575,000 to purchase partitions, air-flow devices and other protective equipment to prevent COVID-19 from spreading at homeless shelters and interim housing facilities. The county’s Department of Health Services’ Housing for Health Division will use the supervisor’s grant to help shelters and interim housing facilities make immediate modifications to sites within Ridley-Thomas’ Supervisor District 2 to protect the health and safety of both residents and staff.

“People who have been living outdoors, exposed to the elements and without access to basic necessities for possibly years on end are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Turning shelters into an extra-safe haven during the pandemic will protect not only our homeless neighbors but also the heroic street outreach teams and others who work with them, as well as the general public.”

The Housing for Health Division has led the testing surveillance strategy for people experiencing homelessness in both sheltered and unsheltered environments.

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