According to NBC on the 5th, with the arrival of winter, it is increasingly difficult for a large number of homeless people to stay outdoors safely. Due to the epidemic this year, the number of people in the shelter has decreased, and many homeless people may not be able to enter the shelters for the winter, which is in an increasingly difficult situation.
With the winter approaching and the expiration of the federal ban on the expulsion of rent defaulters at the end of the year, there will be a large number of homeless people in the United States who need to spend the winter in shelters. But these shelters are already overwhelmed.
The head of the U.S. rescue agency said: No city in the United States has enough shelters.
Most shelters have to adjust accordingly this year to reduce the number of people entering the shelters to reduce the risk of infection, said Donald Whitehead, executive director of the National Coalition for Homeless Assistance.
Whitehead said that due to the economic recession caused by the epidemic and the increase in homelessness, no city in the United States now has enough shelter to accommodate all the homeless people in the community.
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are approximately 568,000 homeless people in the United States in 2019.
A study by Columbia University in the United States predicts that the number of people without permanent housing in the United States may rise by 45% this year due to mass unemployment.
In addition, according to NBC, despite measures such as reducing the number of shelters and providing personal protective equipment, there are still epidemics in some shelters, and the homeless living in them can only be simply quarantined.