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Coronavirus Could Crush the Poor – US News

COVID-19 could catch fire among the nation’s low-income residents, experts say, but with the crisis comes the opportunity for a just response.

A makeshift homeless camp in downtown Salem, Ore. (Photo: Andrew Selsky)

US News — The protocols for helping stop the spread of the novel coronavirus are by now familiar: Wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds and telecommute.

For millions of homeless, low-income or disabled people, however, running water can be a luxury, remote work isn’t an option and social distancing in a shelter or densely packed public housing is next to impossible. Never mind the difficulty of self-isolation or getting medical care for coronavirus concerns.

As a result, conditions like those in some of the nation’s largest cities, including COVID-19 hot zones such as Seattle, New York and San Francisco, could accelerate the spread of the potentially deadly virus through the nation’s most vulnerable populations, according to homelessness activists, housing officials and advocates for low-income communities.

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Charlotte got her life back

The AJC reports:

For many years, Charlotte Whitlock’s bedroom was the most comfortable spot she could find under a city bridge.

She would break down cardboard boxes she found on the streets and put those on top of rocks or concrete, the way the other crackheads and bridge dwellers had shown her, then she would pad the cardboard with a lot of blankets and seek the sleep that would take her away from who she was. She saved bottles of water to brush her teeth, and she would get meals and clothes from charities around downtown Atlanta. …

Charlotte Whitlock has now been sober for more than a thousand days — the greatest accomplishment of her life. … She loves the fact that she is no longer a ghost in the lives of her sons and her sister but a person of flesh and bone who was there yesterday and will be there tomorrow.

Read the article here. 

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