Indianapolis details efforts to help homeless during pandemic

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Mayor Joe Hogsett detailed plans Monday on how the city is working to help those who are homeless during the pandemic.

“As a city, our number one priority is the health and safety of our residents. Just like anyone else in our community, our most vulnerable neighbors are safer at home,” said Mayor Hogsett. “That’s why we are committed to a community response that provides shelter, food, healthcare, and other resources to our residents experiencing homelessness, and helps them follow social distancing and other public health guidelines to the greatest extent possible.”

The city has setup temporary overflow shelter space at Garfield Park and Washington Park.

Portable handwashing stations have also been placed at key downtown locations and screening tools have been provided for outreach groups and shelters.

For those who are homeless who may contract the virus, local agencies are collaborating with the State-led effort to isolate and safely quarantine non-critical COVID-19 medical referrals.