COVID-19 Unhoused

Kalamazoo’s homeless population prepares to leave temporary shelters

Kalamazoo non-profits have been paying for hotels for homeless people who would otherwise have had to stay in crowded shelters.

In the next month, nearly 180 homeless people will have to move out of hotels they’ve been living in for several weeks.

The accommodations have been funded by several Kalamazoo non-profits since early May in an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in crowded homeless shelters.

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That program is ending as Kalamazoo County officials say COVID-19 testing shows low infection rates among homeless residents, according to an article on MLive.

Kalamazoo County Health Officer Jim Rutherford said that of 100 homeless people tested for the coronavirus, only five tested positive. That’s led them to begin moving people back into the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, the area’s only general population overnight shelter.

People will be moved back in waves beginning this past Tuesday. The shelter will operate with a lower capacity than usual, with overflow being referred to other community resources.

The shelter will also employ safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as providing take-out meals and regular facility cleanings.

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