Converting motels into shelter

In October, Leah Coming came on as a staff member with Motels4Now, a new model of a low barrier shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Low barrier shelters welcome those experiencing homelessness regardless of whether or not they are clean from drugs and alcohol, however with the traditional set up of multiple beds in a row and congregate living they became potential super spreaders for COVID-19. Motels4Now converts motels into shelter offering therapy, treatment, and separate rooms for guests, reducing the spread of COVID-19. The program has been relying on county funding from the CARES Act which will keep them open for the next few months, but in the unstable context of the pandemic the long term situation is uncertain.