Shelters of Last Resort: Examining Systems of Congregate Emergency Shelter for Homeless and Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

Friday, October 16

Every day, hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans are crowded into emergency shelters. Many of the homeless have severe and persistent co-occurring behavioral and medical disabilities, including drug and alcohol addictions. Using a public health and safety lens, this webinar examines the challenges, options, and emerging model practices to address the daunting task of providing shelters and longer-term housing options for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

This is the second installment of a three-part webinar series discussing the challenges and emerging model practices for housing, sheltering, and congregate population management during the pandemic.  More information on the other webinars in this series.

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Clark Kimerer

Assistant Chief (Retired), Seattle Police Department
Vice Chair, Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) (Seattle)


Daniel Malone

Executive Director
Downtown Emergency Service Center


Donell Harvin, PhD

Chief, Homeland Security and Preparedness
Washington, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency


Justin Brown

Chief, Office of Emergency Management
D.C. Department of Human Services

Panelist Bios [pdf]