Comunilife COVID-19 Response
The Medical Respite Program provides short-term housing to homeless hospital
patients who are medically cleared for discharge but do not have a stable environment
to complete their recuperation.
COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives – how we receive health care, conduct our professional
and personal lives. Statistics show that COVID-19 has overwhelmingly affected low-income communities especially
those in which Comunilife has its supportive and affordable housing programs. Black and Latino
New Yorkers are twice as likely to die from COVID-19. Once again illustrating the health disparities that exist.
As has been our goal since Comunilife opened in 1989, we remain committed to improving the health
outcomes for our clients.
In March 2020 Comunilife dedicated its resources to helping our existing clients successfully weather COVID-19.
Maintaining our vision of developing programs to meet emerging needs, we have expanded
our Medical Respite Program to help alleviate hospital overcrowding and free up vital limited resources.
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Medical Respite Program
Using our experience providing medical respite services, we Comunilife
opened an 84 bed COVID-19 Medical Respite program in Manhattan
to help alleviate the overwhelming need for hospital beds for critically ill
COVID-19 patients and help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 by
providing a location where isolation and quarantine are possible. Paramount
is developing beds for people who test positive and do not require
hospitalization but require quarantine for up to three weeks.
Life is Precious™ Program
On March 16th, we began providing Life is Precious’ lifesaving
core services remotely with our LIP staff available for our LIP families
during this time of crisis. Using Zoom and other technology,
we have provided:
March - September Totals:
Case management activities & Unity Groups: 3,275
Art Therapy Groups: 55
Music Therapy Groups: 86
Tutoring Services: 145
Parent Support Groups: 47
English Classes for Parents: 21
Like all New Yorkers, Comunilife’s clients were encouraged to self-isolate and socially distance. The majority of our clients who were working lost their jobs and for those who are undocumented left without any income or supports.
Since March, Comunilife staff has been working with elected officials, community organizations and foundations to provide food deliveries and gift cardsfor the purchase of food and household items. By providing food, our clients, who were already living with chronic illness, trauma and uncertainty
do not need to worry about food insecurity and the long-term health implications of not eating a healthy diet.