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Homeless Advocates Get Creative In Keeping Clients Safe During Coronavirus

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Advocates for the homeless in Connecticut say they’re trying to protect one of the state’s most vulnerable populations as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Sarah Fox with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness says providers are working on making room for quarantining, isolation and care at homeless shelters across the state.

“Our homelessness response system’s sort of varied across the state, but all moving in the same vein to keep people safe and get them the help they need in real time.”

Providers in New London say they’ve converted a vacant nursing home with 15 isolated beds for homeless people with COVID-19 symptoms. And a homeless shelter in Norwalk says it’s moving older and higher-risk clients into hotels where they can be isolated.

Officials say they expect FEMA will reimburse costs for housing the homeless.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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