Parisi looks into extending COVID-19 hotel program for homeless individuals

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – As Dane County reports an enhance in COVID-19 scenarios, area officials are wanting into extending an settlement to supply lodge rooms to those people encountering homelessness.

Dane Co. Govt Joe Parisi stated Wednesday that he has questioned his staff to figure out the feasibility of continuing the county’s emergency resort shelter application for those who are homeless, regarded as higher possibility for contracting COVID-19 and individuals who require to isolate or quarantine because of to the virus. The software is now set to conclude at the close of June.

The lodge method premiered in mid-2020 and at the moment takes advantage of 170 resort rooms to house folks.

“We made a determination at the outset of the pandemic to do all we can to assistance safeguard our most vulnerable, and although our perform continues to secure long lasting housing, emergent requirements persist and they are magnified by the recent surge in Covid-19 scenario counts and hospitalizations,” Parisi claimed.

Dane Co. is suffering from a 75% improve in the number of people today who tested favourable for COVID-19, Parisi mentioned, and hospitalizations are up by 46%.

“While lots of have moved on and shifted focus absent from the pandemic, the consequences of this at any time-switching virus are continue to becoming felt and susceptible populations stay at hazard,” Parisi stated.

Parisi is hoping for the application to increase into next year amid federal projections of COVID-19 activity. Dane County has used $23.1 million on the system to date and Parisi wishes to allocate an further $3 million, on leading of what is presently allocated, to home all over 120 folks for the next 8 months.

A spokesperson for Dane Co. instructed NBC15 that a lot more than 1,300 persons have been assisted by the method since it was released in March 2020.

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