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Now More Than Ever, We Need to Do More for People Experiencing Homelessness

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

Originally published as "Now More Than Ever, We Need to Do More for People Experiencing Homelessness," The Incidental Economist, August 6, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for all of us. It’s even more challenging if you’re a person experiencing homelessness. There are things Houston, and other cities, can do to make it better for them, and in doing so, for everyone.

Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is demanding for everyone. It requires regular hand washing, mask wearing, and maintaining physical distance from people who are sick. Many have had to juggle working from home while managing children, as well as being separate from friends, colleagues, and loved ones. And, the economic downturn has cost many jobs and health insurance.