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Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless Response & Preparedness

COVID-19 UPDATES

What is the Continuum of Care?

The Savannah Chatham County Continuum of Care (referred to as “Continuum” or “CoC”) is the county-wide approach used to address homelessness in Chatham County Georgia. The approach represents key stakeholder organizations and individuals who collaborate to create and implement an effective system. This system organizes, funds, and provides outreach, engagement, and assessment; emergency shelter; permanent supportive housing (PSH) and other supports including counseling, medical care, dental care and referrals to other needed services. The CoC work emphasizes research-based best practice and includes community awareness and education, prevention strategies for homeless/at-risk of homeless persons, as well as efforts to reduce the overall number of homeless individuals.

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless is working closely with government officials and homeless service providers to help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. Here are some of the things we’re doing:

 

  • Our Street Outreach Team is meeting with clients in a tent that has been set up in the DFCS parking lot, and they are also delivering donations to the shelters around town.
  • We continue to work with the City/CEMA/County/Memorial and have made adjustments to our client intake process to screen for COVID-19 before making referrals to shelter beds.
  • We are in the process of setting up an Overflow Emergency Shelter, a Quarantine Space for those diagnosed positive, and a Waiting Space for those suspected as positive.
  • You may have seen in the news that a few food provider sites have recently closed, so we are working to get meals in place for our clients.
  • Our office telephone has become a 24-7 hotline for persons experiencing homelessness and others seeking information.

 

STAYING SAFE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

There are many things you can do to prevent getting sick from the coronavirus, whether you are housed or homeless. For the most up-to-date information on staying safe, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES

There are many services available to help people experiencing homelessness in Chatham County. If you are experiencing homelessness and need services such as food or shelter, please call 912-790-3400 and leave a message. Staff are checking messages 7 days a week. We will return your call quickly and help you find the services you need. You may also stop by the parking lot tent at 761 Wheaton Street in Savannah Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FOOD AND SHELTER SERVICES

There are many food and shelter services available in Chatham County. Here is a list of organizations you may contact about food and/or shelter:

 

 

Please note: Due to the coronavirus, food and shelter services may be limited or different than normal. Be sure to call agencies before visiting to get the most up-to-date information.

 

HANDWASHING STATIONS

There are rotating stations set up throughout the county to ensure everyone has a healthy place to wash their hands. To find the handwashing station near you, call 912.790.3400 and leave a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.

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