Mayor Bottoms took part in a state-wide televised Town Hall with Governor Brian Kemp and other officials on the Coronavirus Task Force.
Mayor Bottoms leads the panel charged with finding solutions for homeless people caught in the pandemic, many of whom have underlying health issues and are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. The Mayor enumerated six objectives identified by task force members to immediately address the needs of this fragile population:
- Immediately prevent additional people from becoming homeless
- Support enhanced cleaning, screening, and referral services
- Expand testing for high-risk individuals in areas
- Establish recording process specific to homeless and displaced persons
- Ensure appropriate options for quarantine and isolation
- Make transportation options available after release from hospitals
Mayor Bottoms also disclosed that an angel-donor in the downtown area has made a hotel available to provide homeless individuals with a place to isolate or quarantine, during their illness. The Mayor added that this would also make it easier for service providers to come in and reach out directly to people who are homeless and provide them with wraparound services to steer them toward help and a place to live.
For the City’s official timeline of the Mayor’s actions and Orders, please click this link.