By PFund Foundation Grant Writer, Kate Mohn of Obvio Group
Last month, PFund held a Facebook Live event to discuss homelessness and COVID-19. Thank you to everyone who came, you can find a video of the event here if you were unable to join us live.
The affordable housing crisis in America, made worse by the pandemic, can also be described as an employment crisis. America lost an estimated 22 million jobs because of COVID-19; the investment firm Goldman Sachs those jobs won’t come back in full until early 2024. The economic harm caused by the virus is in many cases impossible to separate from the physical harm done by Covid-19. For example, a study we mentioned last month by the Economic Roundtable found that the Americans at the greatest risk of homelessness include people who work part-time or have low-wage jobs. Many of these jobs are found in industries that were hard-hit by pandemic, including food service and hospitality, entertainment, and tourism. A waitress, for example, may have been first hard-hit by having her restaurant closing down last spring, and then may have needed to return to an in-person work environment, potentially risking on-the-job virus exposure as states began reopening restaurants in limited capacities in the last six months.
PFund will be hosting another Facebook Live event on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 to have a conversation about the impact of the pandemic on the GLBTQ business community. We invite you to join us!
The Latest on COVID-19 in Minnesota
Vaccines: The Minnesota Department of Health has launched an online tool to help you find out when, where, and how to get your COVID-19 vaccination. Click here or call 833-431-2053 to sign up. All Minnesotans 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna is only approved for people over the age of 18, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution is currently paused).
Testing: As kids return to school, sports, and other extracurricular activities, Minnesota Department of Health is strongly encouraging families to get tested for COVID-19. Getting tested every two weeks through the end of the school year will help limit the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open. Visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your regular health care provider. All options are quick, easy, and free to you. Visit mn.gov/covid19 or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.
COVID-19 Community Coordinators: Call a COVID-19 Community Coordinator if you need support accessing testing, vaccination, or other COVID-19 resources related to housing, food support, health care and mental health, employment, and many other needs. Click here to search for a COVID Coordinator by cultural community, language, or county (or reference attached flyers). Languages spoken by CCCs include Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Karen, Arabic, Swahili, English, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Thai, Vietnamese, Amharic, French, Oromo, and Tigrigna.
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