Advocate discusses how coronavirus has affected Northeast Ohio’s homeless population

Advocate discusses how coronavirus has affected Northeast Ohio’s homeless population
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The coronavirus has affected all of us, but especially Ohio’s most vulnerable.

Sage Lewis, the director of The Homeless Charity and Village, spoke to 19 News’ Neeha Curtis about the problems Northeast Ohio’s homeless population is facing.

Homeless advocate Sage Lewis discusses how COVID-19 has affected Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable population

Advocate Sage Lewis from The Homeless Charity and Village discusses how COVID-19 is affecting our homeless population.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, April 27, 2020

“Homeless people have always been part of the community, and now we’re really seeing we are all in this together,” said Lewis, who is advocating for informing the at-risk individuals of the dangers of the coronavirus.

Lewis described a shortage of portable toilets and hand washing stations throughout the Akron area to ensure health safety for the homeless population.

By not providing tools to promote sanitation among homeless individuals, Lewis said that leaves the general population at risk from becoming infected with the coronavirus or other illnesses.

The Summit County Continuum of Care in Summit County has established a quarantine center at an Akron church for individuals who may be infected with COVID-19.

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