HELP. Currently, social support is key / Pixabay
In Richmond, as well as Henrico and Chesterfield Counties in Virginia, the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care has organized to reach out to people at risk of eviction amid the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In agreement with some hotels in the area, rooms will be made available to give shelter to those who must leave their homes.
ABC revealed that more than 420 people are at risk of being evicted in the next 30 days in the aforementioned areas as economic stimulus talks across the country remain stalled. The impact of the pandemic has been felt with a sharp increase in the unemployment rate and an almost entirely paralysis of commercial activity in the United States.
Richmond Urban Ministry Institute has worked in the last six months with various organizations with the north to fight for those who could be left homeless.
From the outset, the work involves locating the most needy cases and finding accommodation, food and providing mental health services.
ABC noted that the hotels used for this dynamic would be compensated with federal stimulus funds.
“The hotel and staff are building a relationship with these people. When customers come in, they come in for at least 14 days. I need towels. I need soap. All the different things they need are also part of coordinating care.” said Marvin Green of the Richmond Urban Ministry Institute. “They’re really opening their doors. They’re benefiting, their employees can keep jobs and keep their houses based on them doing this by being very supportive.”
The group aims to provide support not only with their transfer to hotels, they also aim to reach out and help emotionally those who have been affected in this regard.
“They are human like us. Everybody had a bump, and we are here to help you heal from that bump,” Green said. “Can you imagine someone who hasn’t had any social interaction in so long but someone from the staff comes to your room, gives you a meal and you can talk to them?”
Kelly Horne, Executive Director of Homeward, clarified that “Shelter is not shelter, it is a scalded stone. And our shelters are saving lives this year more than ever and deserve our support. Shelter alone will not end homelessness. and brings us all together to help address this crisis during the pandemic. “