The COVID Challenge –A No Panic Pandemic!
COVID-19 has changed much of normal life for all of us over the past three months - but, the Windsor Residence for Young Men has never considered itself "normal." While “sheltering in place”, we have continued to assist our guys throughout the pandemic with significant success. Nine homeless male youth have participated in our Transitional Housing Program alone, and six have been housed! Although "normal" schools are closed, classes around here continue! All of our residents have been participating in our Youth Independence Program to earn a high school credit, and many are nearing graduation. Finding employment is challenging in many ways during these times; but, two of our guys were able to find jobs; and, one has been working hard to keep his job in the midst of the chaos we are all experiencing.
The best protection against COVID-19 is a home
In this blog, Built for Zero Canada Improvement Advisor Amanda DiFalco urges communities to use this crisis to accelerate efforts to end homelessness. She says, "As communities rush to protect homeless people from a global pandemic, they are putting in place critical emergency responses. Shelters and hotels can provide a measure of short-term protection, but they are all at best a stop-gap measure. People experiencing homelessness are at dramatically elevated risk from COVID-19 because they have no home to stay in. In this blog, Amanda DiFalco urges communities to use this crisis to accelerate efforts to end homelessness.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD (ret.)
Executive Director, (pro bono)
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD