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Several nonprofit agencies, including Catholic Charities and MorningStar Mission, are working to provide hotel housing for the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.
Staff with Catholic Charities of Joliet have been working to relocate the roughly 80 homeless clients from the Daybreak shelter in downtown Joliet and a shelter in DuPage County to hotels, said Catholic Charities spokeswoman Kathleen Langdon.
“We are making this move solely for the health and welfare of our sheltered guests,” Langdon said.
The use of hotel space will keep clients at least six feet apart as required by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, according to Catholic Charities.
Continuum of Care, a network of agencies in Will County working to end homelessness, announced Monday they plan to enact an emergency housing assistance plan to provide safe shelter for the homeless and those at risk of losing shelter, according to a from county Communications Director Anastasia Tuskey.
“Local shelters are at capacity and some have had to rehouse their clients due to limited staffing and the inability to maintain proper sanitization standards,” the release said.
The emergency housing assistance plan will allow the homeless to use local hotels for shelter, Tuskey’s release said. MorningStar Mission will act as the “entry point of assistance” by screening shelter seekers for coronavirus symptoms and referring them to a designated hotel, the release said.
Catholic Charities requests donations to support the hotel efforts at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.