While we’re being told to stay in our homes, it’s probably worth remembering that not everyone has that luxury. Which, as we know due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, is everyone’s problem.
Therefore it benefits everyone if we can help everyone. But how can we assist the homeless when we’re confined to our homes? We spoke to PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) for some tips.
“While the rest of California stays at home, PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable,” the organization told us in a statement. “Like healthcare and emergency services, the services provided by PATH have been deemed essential and our work in the community will continue. Many of those living on the streets are older, sick, or have underlying health issues. This is the group of people who are at the most risk of COVID-19.”
There are three ways that they say the public can help the homeless.
- Donate money for life-saving services to the PATH Cares COVID-19 fund, here.
- Donate to buy food for those living in interim facilities here. “Monetary support to purchase meals for guests at our seven Los Angeles interim facilities as our food donations from local partners have completely stopped,” PATH said. “While we cannot accept donations of perishable food, your financial support will allow us meet our guests’ basic needs.”
- Purchase items from their Amazon wish list. “These items will help ensure the health and wellness of the thousands of individuals we serve across L.A.”
Again, it benefits all of Los Angeles if we can help the homeless population stay safe during this terrifying time.