TRENTON, NJ -- Homeless individuals who contract COVID-19 (coronavirus) face extraordinary hurdles in recovering from the deadly virus.   On Tuesday, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced a partnership with several leading County-based social service agencies to create an emergency shelter for COVID-positive homeless persons. 

“This population needs an opportunity to isolate and not put others at risk of infection, and the shelter will accomplish that,” said Hughes. “Creating this facility took a great deal of coordination, and I thank Mayor Gusciora, and our health care and social service partners for their roles in what is truly a collaborative effort.”

The City Trenton, Capital Health System, the Trenton Health Team, Henry J. Austin Health Center, the Mercer County Human Services Department and the Mercer County Board of Social Services to collaborate with the Rescue Mission, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and HomeFront to operate the shelter.   It will be able to accommodate up to 16 people will be at the City’s Coordinated Entry Assessment System (CEAS) Center located at 509 Perry Street in Trenton. 

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Hughes said the County has provided guidance and support throughout the process, and worked with Henry J. Austin (HJA) representatives to develop the policies and procedures for managing the shelter. The County also helped screen and interview staff, provided cots as well as electronics for telehealth visits with HJA providers, and will be involved in admission and discharge decision-making.

The emergency shelter will open to homeless individuals who are being released from the hospital and need a temporary location to complete recovery, or are being transferred from an existing shelter because the exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

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