Two homeless shelters plan to open Wednesday with the goal of helping those suffering from COVID-19.
The coordinated plan involves two separate buildings. City Rescue Mission is for the homeless people who believe they've been exposed to the virus, and Grace Rescue Mission is for people who don't have COVID, but are at risk.
Inside are different cots with supplies and even showers for at-risk people.
Organizers say community spread viruses usually hit the homeless population much later than the general public, but when it does, it unfortunately hits them very hard. Many times they have no where to go.
The Homeless Alliance says this plan was a team effort between multiple groups, including the shelters and local hospitals, with the goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless community.
“The virus can really spread quickly in the homeless population. So again having two shelters like this is an effort through the hospitals and the homeless shelters to flatten the curve,” said Dan Straughan, the director of the Homeless Alliance.
It's important to also note these shelters will not provide medical care, but will have nurses to lead people in the right direction for their health needs.