It takes a village: Responding to COVID-19

The Sacramento COVID-19 Homelessness Response Team has been working diligently to ensure that our unhoused neighbors in the Sacramento region remain safe during the onslaught of COVID-19.  That work takes many forms, including providing meals and water to those isolated in hard-to-reach encampment, placing highly-vulnerable people in motels and trailers and providing COVID-19 testing and working to find stable housing.

On April 8, the Sacramento COVID-19 Homelessness Response Team put into motion the Sacramento COVID-19 Homelessness Response Plan. Our work has been incredible and wide-reaching. We have provided shelter and services to 1,054 individuals. We have administered 1,315 COVID-19 tests. We have worked with partners to deliver more than 63,000 meals. We have an ambitious plan to house hundreds of at-risk individuals experiencing homelessness who have been served through our COVID-19 efforts. 

We will continue to strengthen the partnerships and momentum that have been building during this pandemic. We are stronger together. Sacramento is filled with people who care and organizations dedicated to ending homelessness. We will not give up.  

Some of the people we have already helped include Elouise Lamkin, who was diagnosed with COVID after living on the street.

Ralph Matta was attacked and terrified of COVID. At our Cal Expo trailer site, he feels hope for what might be the first time in decades.

Marie Diaz was shot on Del Paso Boulevard and lived daily in fear of contracting a virus that could kill her because of pre-existing health conditions. Now, she makes meals for her neighbors in a Sacramento motel.

We owe so much to our amazing partners who have made this work happen: the County of Sacramento, the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and endless others who have helped us accomplish great things in the face of adversity.

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