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Protecting Milwaukee's homeless amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 11:09 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 00:09:12-04

MILWAUKEE-- As the number of coronavirus cases continue to climb, local agencies are working to protect one of our most vulnerable communities; the homeless.

Protecting the homeless is a mission for Dr. James West at Repairers of the Breach.

“In spite of our concerns we want to be here and we have to be here to serve the population that’s most vulnerable,” West said.

At a time where many organizations are canceling big crowds over the risk of spreading COVID-19, Repairers of the Breach continues to keep going.

“We can be quarantined in our houses but the people we serve – our shelters are their houses,” West said.

Inside the shelter, hand sanitizer is everywhere as workers push to make sure everyone is germ-free during lunchtime.

West admits that there are difficulties navigating this time and hopes to avoid the worst.

He also said that constantly sanitizing is one of many proactive steps used to make sure that his sanctuary for those in need is safe.

“It’s reminding us that we aren’t like a regular business. We have a responsibility and we have to figure out ways to keep going,” West said.

In 2019, the City of Milwaukee reported 885 people experiencing homelessness. For more information on Repairers of the Breach, click here.