COVID-19 DAILY THANK YOU!

People experiencing unsheltered homelessness (those sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation) may be at risk for infection when there is community spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus. There is much to learn about the transmission, severity, and other features of the disease. Everyone can do their part to help plan, prepare, and respond to this emerging public health threat.

Lack of housing contributes to poor health outcomes and linkage to permanent housing continues to be a priority. In the context of COVID-19, the risks associated with sleeping outdoors in an encampment setting are different than with staying indoors in a congregate setting such as an emergency shelter or other congregate living facility. Outdoor settings may allow people to increase distance between themselves and others. However, sleeping outdoors often does not provide protection from the environment, quick access to hygiene and sanitation facilities, or connection to healthcare. The balance of risks are to be considered for each individual experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

At this juncture we are launching a series of “Daily Thank You” to acknowledge and recognize the efforts of all key players in our efforts to end homelessness during these trying times. Who else but the Homeless Outreach Teams (HOT) are the perfect launch partner as they are our front lines. These workers need to be prepared to protect themselves and their clients, provide health education information, and help direct their clients to care as necessary. They still greet their clients (from a safe distance) and explain their taking additional precautions to protect themselves and the clients from the virus. They screen clients for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 by asking them if they have a fever, new or worsening cough, or shortness of breath. If they detect symptoms, immediately provide surgical masks. If urgent medical attention is necessary, they use standard outreach protocols to facilitate access to healthcare. And they provide all clients with hygiene products, if available. The Homeless Coalition, thanks to a grant from the IBIS Foundation, just as the crisis hit, provided 200 hygiene kits which come in handy now.

Let’s give a shout-out to all the relentlessly working Homeless Outreach Team members:

Your friendly, non-threatening discussions build trust and rapport. Nothing is forced; it is always the homeless’ choice whether he or she wishes to take advantage of public assistance. But the first step always is you to stop and ask, “How are you doing?” Thank you so much for your hard work. Because of you we will get through this crisis in a safer manner.


COVID-19 Update - Business As Usual!

The COVID-19 pandemic is showing its impact throughout our county including here at the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.

- Our Annual Mayor's Ball scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been postponed. New date pending.

- Our Administrative Staff is working remotely from the safety of their homes.

- All of our volunteer programs have been placed on a temporary hold.

- Our Donation Center located at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center is temporarily closed.

However, we still are open for business. All calls are being forwarded and as always you can leave voicemail messages and communicate with us via e-mail.

For information about your in-kind donations of gently worn clothing, toiletries, and other items you can call our Donation Center Coordinator, Uwe Naujak at 561-904-7937 or email him at unaujak@homelesscoalitionpbc.org about your in-kind donation of gently used clothing and any other items until we are staffed again and re-open.

Our Breaking Bread Breaking Barriers Program is still accepting food deliveries to the Lewis Center however, the volunteer "serving" portion of the program has been temporarily placed on hold.  For more information on how you can help, call Uwe Naujak at 561-904-7937 or email him at unaujak@homelesscoalitionpbc.org.

For information or questions about Mayor's Ball 2020, you can reach out to Celissa Stringer at 561-355-9912 or email at cstringer@homelesscoalitionpbc.org.

For information or questions pertaining to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, you can call our direct line at 561-355-4663 or email our Executive Assistant, David Carre at dcarre@homelesscoalitionpbc.org.

How can you help us during COVID-19?

In the coming weeks or months, the homeless community in Palm Beach County is likely to become even more dependent on our support.  Your donation at https://homelesscoalitionpbc.org/donate/ ensures we will be able to meet the growing needs of our homeless neighbors and maintain operations and programs with little interruption.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we will get through this.


MAYOR'S BALL 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

Due to the recent health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and large gatherings, it is in the best interest of all participants that we reschedule Mayor's Ball 2020 until September. Stayed tuned for our new date!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 561-355-4663.  Thank you for your patience as we reschedule this very important event for a very important cause.