City of Windsor with its partners - Windsor Essex County Health Unit, The
Downtown Mission, The Welcome Centre and the Salvation Army Centre of Hope – is
collaborating and supporting efforts to serve people experiencing homelessness
in our community while everyone deals with the arrival of COVID-19.
are working closely with our local Health Unit, the healthcare sector, and
leading homelessness experts such as the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
and the Canadian Network for the Health and Housing of People Experiencing
Homeless (cnh3). “Operational needs fundamentally exceed the capacity of the
vast majority of shelters in Canada” says cnh3, “Alternate approaches are
required that will necessitate intersectoral collaboration to implement these
emergency shelter providers are implementing increased health protocols as
recommended by public health officials.
Increased screening measures and enhanced cleaning protocols are in
place. Social distancing measures such
as smaller, staggered eating times and increased distance between beds have
been adopted. These actions are
supplemental to their existing plans, which were previously created to address
illnesses and outbreaks that occur outside of this pandemic.
the most pressing issue in the shelter system is reduced staffing and volunteer
levels, as people are self-isolating. The
City of Windsor, with support from upper levels of government, is providing new
and additional financial supports to the emergency shelters to address this
issue. Additionally, the City’s
Employment and Training Services (ETS) department, funded by Employment
Ontario, is ready and available to assist employers with their hiring needs.
We have dedicated job developers and employment support caseworkers
available to help.
our emergency shelter providers have existing plans and protocols to address
illness and other situations, we recognize that COVID-19 is an extraordinary
circumstance that requires creative solutions,” says Jennifer Tanner, Manager
of Homelessness and Housing Supports.
“We are assisting our partners to continue to deliver services to their
clients with funding, and information from experts in the homelessness sector
and healthcare field.”
must consider the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness and how the
COVID-19 virus will impact them. Without a home, it is much more
difficult to adhere to public health guidelines around social distancing and
isolation. The City of Windsor recognizes the unique needs of people
experiencing homelessness and has been working closely across sectors to
develop a collaborative response plan.” says Commissioner, Jelena Payne.
phased plan has been developed to triage residents experiencing homelessness
when a suspected case does present itself, and we are actively working with the
health care sector on the particulars of the plan.
continue to adapt the plan based on the hour by hour updates being provided
through the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and other healthcare
This remains an evolving situation and we will continue to update residents as new information becomes available. Visit www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19 for the latest information. We have a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help answer questions you might have or might not have thought of.