I hear some of the most heartbreaking things when I advocate for homeless kids is COVID-19. Some people say unhelpful things like, “If COVID is so bad, then why aren’t there thousands of homeless people dead on the streets?!” I’m not going to give any more examples of unhelpful comments like these because it sickens me. People who use the homeless to justify themselves are only showing contempt and prejudice against the poor. Homeless people get blamed for health insurance costs rising, drug and alcohol issues, and crime, along with other critical issues in our country.

While people make up things to support their prejudices, COVID-19 denial among the homeless is just another way to justify not helping the needy. People that can’t see further than their driveway reject trustworthy information with a wave of their hand as long as they are ok. And then if they get COVID and had walked by a homeless person within a month, they will turn around and blame the homeless person, accusing them of spreading the virus. Either way, their prejudice is satisfied.

Luckily, we have multiple reliable sources that show us how serious Covid-19 is for the homeless. Did you know that a recent report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness says that the homeless people in the U.S. “will have been twice as likely to have been hospitalized, two to four times as likely to have required critical care, and two to three times as likely to have died as the general population”?

So, where do you get your information about the homeless and COVID? Is it a gut feeling and what you don’t see or a trusted source tracking, collecting, and reporting facts?

Isabella Fertel from FactCheck.org added, “Other factors that make the homeless especially susceptible to the coronavirus include food insecurity and lack of proper nutrition, insufficient rest, difficulty complying with social distancing guidelines, and limited access to running water needed for hand washing and hygiene.”

Drawing large conclusions based upon how we feel and our small viewpoints is not a good idea, and it’s not right to use those feelings to justify prejudice. These negative attitudes make it so much harder for homeless kids to succeed in school, let alone stay in school.

A little bit of kindness can go a long way. We need to remember homeless people are our neighbors. I recall someone significant saying we should love our neighbors as ourselves.

Helping to take care of the homeless is far more cost-effective and just better for our country and humanity. Join us today and help homeless people! We would love to hear from you! Blessings. -Father Mark