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New homeless response system dashboards advance our understanding of system performance and equity

By Christina McHugh and Pear Moraras While the annual Point-in-Time Count provides a snapshot of homelessness on a single night, we need a more consistent and reliable source of information to inform ongoing decision making. We now increasingly look to our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data dashboards to understand trends in homelessness and how…

HOW TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AMONG PEOPLE LIVING HOMELESS

This blog was originally posted on Public Health Insider. People experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of infectious disease. COVID-19 is the most recent and deeply concerning example of that threat. For a population with higher levels of underlying health conditions, less access to resources necessary to stay healthy, and a greater likelihood of…

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Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in people experiencing homelessness

From Leo Flor, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. No new cases of COVID-19 overnight in the homeless community. For the first time in over a month, Public Health—Seattle & King County’s overnight case count report found no new cases of COVID-19 reported among people experiencing homelessness in King County. The first…

How King County is Supporting Residents Experiencing Homelessness

Action Steps: Supporting King County residents experiencing homelessness Three agencies are closely coordinating efforts for King County: Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and its Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and Environment Health DivisionKing County through the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Facilities Management Division (FMD), and METROCity of Seattle’s Human Services…

King County joins with Harborview Medical Center to open COVID-19 recovery site

From King County Executive press release on March 21, 2020 Summary King County has joined with Harborview Medical Center to repurpose Harborview Hall to serve as an 45-bed COVID-19 recovery site primarily focused on helping the most vulnerable in our community. Story In a continuing effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in…

Social Distancing: How It Affects Shelters and Day Centers?

Executive Constantine at a press conference on the morning of March 16 A New Local Health Order To curb the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Dr. Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directs public health actions effective Monday, March 16 which: Prohibits all gatherings with more than 50 people…