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Us & Them: Shelter From The Virus

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Kyle Vass
Dominique Miller is an outreach worker for Harmony House in Huntington, WV, a group that makes contact with homeless people to offer support and shelter.

People around the world have spent nearly a year sheltering at home to avoid a global pandemic. For those who are homeless, the challenge of COVID-19 isn’t even on their list. What’s on their mind is “Am I gonna eat?” For this episode, the Us & Them team talks to homeless West Virginians about the challenge of sheltering from the virus.

The coronavirus has changed everything. People around the globe have spent nearly a year sheltering at home, adhering to restrictions and requirements to avoid the contagious COVID-19.

Imagine what that experience is like for someone who’s homeless. If your only option for a warm bed is a group shelter, will you take it - or will you stay on the street? Across the country, shelters meet public health requirements to make congregate housing as safe as possible.

On this Us & Them episode, we look at the challenge people face when deciding how to shelter from the virus.

This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Dominique Miller is an outreach worker for Harmony House, an organization that works to rehouse people experiencing homelessness in and around Huntington, W.Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
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Dominique Miller looks for people who may be inhabiting a dilapidated structure in Huntington, W.Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
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The Huntington City Mission uses an on site chapel to house people overnight who can't be admitted to their main facility for fear of spreading Covid-19 in Huntington, W.Va., Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021.
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A support beam for a bridge serves as a shelf for a couple who live outside in Charleston W.Va., Sunday Jan. 17, 2021. (Photo/Kyle Vass)
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An unsheltered couple take refuge under a bridge in Charleston W.Va., Sunday Jan. 17, 2021.


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