The #HomelessCantStayHome Campaign
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Our neighbor here in Prospect Heights, Ashley Eberhart, has been organizing with the #HomelessCantStayHome campaign in New York City. This campaign is led by healthcare professionals who are pushing for critical protections for homeless New Yorkers, who are at immense risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their most urgent demand is to immediately open vacant hotel rooms to enable homeless New Yorkers who are currently crowded into dorm-style shelters or sleeping on the streets the chance to practice safe social distancing. This demand, and others, come directly from homeless members and staff of our working group's partner organizations (Picture the Homeless, Neighbors Together, the Urban Justice Center, Communities United for Police Reform, VOCAL-NY, Human.nyc, and others). What you can do to support:
If you are a healthcare professional: there is an open letter from the health community to underscore the relationship between this demand and health justice during COVID-19 – please consider adding your signature to the letter. (A similar letter from 100+ healthcare professionals in San Francisco helped bring attention and visibility to a demand like this one, and time is truly of the essence).
There is also a petition for members of the general public for those interested in supporting.
There is a GoFundMe set up to take matters into our hands until the government acts.
If you have any specific questions about this campaign or ways to get involved, please feel free to reach out to Ashley Eberhart directly: email@example.com.