ProJo: Homeless face new barriers with rise of virus

PROVIDENCE — As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country and world, Gov. Gina Raimondo has given one clear message to Rhode Islanders — stay home.

But for those with no home to stay in, the directive isn't so simple.

“It's great advice in this current crisis,” said Jessica Salter, chief philanthropy officer for Amos House, a social-services agency that manages the state's largest soup kitchen. “It's also an enormous amount of privilege to be able to stay in our homes.”

Healthwise, Rhode Island's homeless population is already one of the most vulnerable in the state, said Caitlin Frumerie, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.

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Courtesy of Providence Journal

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