Virginia to give homeless people temporary housing during COVID-19 crisis

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Oakland Homeless Covid-19

People are seen in a homeless encampment on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has authorized $150 million in emergency funding to protect homeless people in California from the spread of COVID-19. $100 million will go to local governments for shelter support and emergency housing, while the remaining $50 million will be for purchasing travel trailers and lease rooms in hotels, motels and other facilities to provide places for the homeless to self-isolate. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that $2.5 million from Virginia’s emergency funding will go towards providing homeless people with a temporary place to live during the COVID-19 crisis.

As we battle this unprecedented public health crisis, we must make sure no one is left behind. I have issued a statewide Stay at Home order, but we know there are many Virginians with no home to stay in. With this funding, we will ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to immediate housing options and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” 

GOV. RALPH NORTHAM

The funding will be used in the following ways:

  • Hotel and motel vouchers
  • Case management
  • Food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Medical transportation

“With this funding, we will ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to immediate housing options and help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Northam said in a release.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Department of Health have provided shelters with guidance on how to serve the homeless population during this public health crisis.

Northam says part of the funding will provide housing for people in homeless shelters that may need to be quarantined or where social distancing is not possible.

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