Campaign for Unhoused Neighbors
Throughout the pandemic, the RRT has focused on our community’s most impacted neighbors and communities. Among vulnerable populations are people that are experiencing homelessness. The challenges for those that are unhoused during a pandemic have been numerous, such as, having a decrease in shelter bed availability and unclear messaging on what is COVID-19 and vaccines.
The social service agencies and volunteer outreach groups that assist unhoused neighbors have served on the front lines and needed technical expertise from medical professionals to ensure safely run programs, create socially distanced shelter spaces, provide guidance from COVID-19 infectious disease, and vaccination education.
The RRT partnered with Washington University School of Medicine, Affinia Healthcare, and The T St. Louis. Dr. Stephen Liang, MD, MPHS; Dr. Nathan Nolan, MD, MPH; Dr. LJ Punch, MD and Dr. Barbara Lutey, MD have worked with the RRT and the St. Louis City and County Continua of Care to provide infectious disease technical support to shelters and outreach groups throughout the pandemic. The details of those activities are highlighted in the latest RRT Year in Review Report.
Dr. Stephen Liang, MD, MPHS
Dr. Barbara Lutey, MD
Dr. Nathan Nolan, MD, MPH
Dr. LJ Punch, MD
Resources for those directly serving our unhoused community
- Shelter Checklist: Created to help shelters think through the various areas throughout a shelter space to help minimize COVID-19 risks for staff and those served in the shelter – DOWNLOAD HERE
- COVID-19 FAQ: Created to provide framework for shelters and outreach providers to talk to their staff and the unhoused about COVID-19 – DOWNLOAD HERE
- Shelter Recommendations: Created to provide recommendations to the City of St. Louis Department of Health and Department of Human Services on how St. Louis City Shelters can minimize COVID-19 risks – DOWNLOAD HERE
- Flu vs. COVID-19 handout: Created to help educate shelter and outreach staff and the unhoused on the differences between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms – DOWNLOAD HERE
For additional resources to support people experiencing homelessness, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/
St. Louis Regional Continua of Care (CoC) Links
St. Louis City, MO CoC: https://cocstl.org/
St. Louis County, MO CoC: https://www.stlcountycoc.com/
St. Charles/Lincoln/Warren County, MO CoC: http://www.communitycouncilstc.org/fragile-families-initiative/continuum-of-care
Madison County, IL CoC: https://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/community_development/continuum_of_care.php
St. Clair County, IL CoC: Website under development. For Continuum information contact (618) 825-3333