The COVID-19 Pandemic and The Dire Need for a Mental Health Safety Net

As governments across the United States are requesting, or mandating, their residents to “shelter in place” to help prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus, acute anxiety grows exponentially one group in particular: our neighbors without housing.

Many U.S. residents have already lost their jobs, or risk future job loss, due to closures in the food, entertainment, and travel industries, as well as instability in the gig economy, which augures future financial hardship for millions. But, at very least, those of us with stable housing can follow guidelines to avoid crowds and public spaces for the duration of the outbreak to keep ourselves and the most vulnerable safe. For the nearly 900,000 homeless individuals across the United States, “just stay home” isn’t possible.

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