Coronavirus Impacts the Homeless
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- “It’s so much water man that come through man. It’s devastating people that’s out here on the ground. It’s a game changer. It’s a life changer” said Jimmy Hunter.
Rainfall forcing homeless citizens to hide for any cover they can find.
“Canopies. Overhead shelters” said Hunter.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, the homeless can’t stay in organized shelters or receive the help they need in large groups.
“They not letting us in nowhere.Cant go to the Salvation Army. They won’t let you in the Mission. So I’m staying right here til it slack up and I can find somewhere to go” said Raymond Kennersaw.
Volunteer Frederick Holland invests a lot of his time helping those in need but he knows it comes with the risk, “We just do the best we can to help them out. We taking a chance ourself getting sick out here.”
The Salvation Army’s Director of Communications Kimberly George says they’re doing everything they can to provide aid, “The Salvation Army has been very diligent with meeting with the government, city officials. We’re in communications with the United Way on how best to serve the entire community.
Resources like food and water are still being offered as well.
“We just moves it outside of our building. We’re serving beverages and snacks and hygiene kits. If they’re I need of clothing or mail we’re taking care of that” said George.
The Salvation Army understands people with no shelter are suffering.
“We know that with the in-house community it’s even harder and there are a lot of challenges when you are part of the unhorsed community but they are our family” said George.