Governor Whitmor announced today a stay at home order for State of Michigan.
Please note: homeless shelters and PATH street outreach efforts are considered members of essential services and therefore should stay open. The continued functioning of local homeless shelters is absolutely critical to the collective work to fight this pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on the essential workforce during the COVID-19 emergency. Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations. This includes:
- Workers who support food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters
- Hotel Workers where hotels are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures
Guidance specifically for shelters:
- Staff are allowed to travel to and from their homes to the shelter.
- Staff are allowed to stay at their home when they are not working their shift.
- We are discouraging clients from leaving the shelter because of this order. Please communicate this order to all shelter clients.
- Please continue to follow the protocols already established pertaining to client engagement, entry into shelter, isolating clients exhibiting symptoms, etc.
- Continue regular communication with your public health department and emergency management teams.
- Continue to call your local health department, healthcare provider or hospital for guidance if staff or clients develop COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
- Coordinate locally with your homeless response system partners on capacity needs for emergency shelter.
- Continue updating your TSA regional manager on your shelter’s status and needs.
More information on essential critical workforce can be found here.
If you have questions, please send them to MDHHS.
Please continue to watch for updates on the CoC Website.