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TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: Fighting for food, housing and health

Yale Daily News

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: Fighting for food, housing and health

May 13, 2020

Jason, a 33-year-old living on the streets of New Haven, was sitting under an overhang just off Yale’s campus, charging his phone and trying to stay out of the rain. The campus was deserted. Due to COVID-19 closures, most of the students who had left for spring break in March hadn’t come back. Even the tour groups, moving under their umbrellas across Old Campus, were gone. Between the stay-at-home orders and the rain, the streets of New Haven were empty.

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Columbus House Adapts to Meet Needs of Homeless During the Pandemic

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Columbus House Adapts to Meet Needs of Homeless During the Pandemic

May 12, 2020

In this episode, Quinnipiac University's Vince Contrucci interviews John Brooks, the chief development officer at Columbus House, which is an organization that works with people who are homeless or housing insecure to provide them short- and long-term shelter. Which, as you’ll hear in the episode, is no easy thing, when you have social distancing requirements and everything else happening.

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Jeff Jacobs: Guilford Scholar Athlete Ella Stanley brings well-rounded to a new level

Jeff Jacobs: Guilford Scholar Athlete Ella Stanley brings well-rounded to a new level

May 7, 2020

Stanley plays viola for the school orchestra and helps with field hockey clinics. Yet perhaps most impressively, Stanley spearheaded what has become the annual “Big Sleep Out” on the Guilford Green to draw attention to homelessness. She has helped raise more than $15,000 for Columbus House in New Haven.

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Dozen Homeless “Drop In” On Triage Tent

New Haven Independent

Dozen Homeless “Drop In” On Triage Tent

May 6, 2020

While on his daily stroll around East Rock, Ruben Thompson Jr., 61, found himself welcomed by on-site services for the homeless like food, a face mask, toiletries, hand sanitizer, and clothing at the new Blake Field Drop-in Center.

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Coronavirus threatens people living in shelters. Here's how an agency rushed to save them.

USA Today

Coronavirus threatens people living in shelters. Here's how an agency rushed to save them.

April 30, 2020

Columbus House typically bustles with staff doing laundry and cleaning beds as volunteers prepare and plan meals for people who are homeless. When people in need arrived at the shelter in the late afternoon looking for dinner and a place to spend the night, they’d find food and a bed.

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New Haven to offer services to homeless living in encampments during coronavirus pandemic

New Haven Register

New Haven to offer services to homeless living in encampments during coronavirus pandemic

April 29, 2020

The city is creating a drop-in resource center for homeless individuals who would rather stay outdoors at encampments than enter a shelter during the pandemic.

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Pop-Up Covid-19 Help Tent Planned For Hardcore Homeless

New Haven Independent

Pop-Up Covid-19 Help Tent Planned For Hardcore Homeless

April 28, 2020

Early next week an “open-air resource center” — otherwise known as a tent — is scheduled to pop up in Blake Field opposite the East Rock Community Magnet School, not far from homeless encampments in the woods near the Willow Street I-91 off-ramps.

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Liberty Bank Team Announces Additional $100,000 to Support Local Community Partners in COVID-19 Response

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Liberty Bank Team Announces Additional $100,000 to Support Local Community Partners in COVID-19 Response

April 27, 2020

Building on their first round of $100,000 in emergency grants they approved in April for ten local hospitals, Liberty Bank of Middletown, Connecticut today announced that through their charitable foundation they will be providing an additional $100,000 in funding to support several other community organizations in their COVID-19 response.

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UP CLOSE: COVID-19, homelessness and New Haven’s response

Yale Daily News

UP CLOSE: COVID-19, homelessness and New Haven’s response

April 21, 2020

“What am I supposed to do?” asked a man at a March 19 COVID-19 press conference on the steps of City Hall. He was one of a half-dozen homeless individuals who interrupted Mayor Justin Elicker’s daily briefing.

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No Easy Fixes as Covid-19 Hits Homeless Shelters

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No Easy Fixes as Covid-19 Hits Homeless Shelters

April 17, 2020

On Good Friday, Tyree Leslie traded a bunk bed in Multi-Service Center South, San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter, for a bed in a room lined with pale yellow wallpaper in the city’s historic Hotel Whitcomb. He gets three meals a day, his own bathroom, and the chance to truly shelter in place — away from the coronavirus that tore through the shelter he’s been staying in since the winter. “It makes a difference,” he says. “I’m just glad to be indoors.”

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