People experiencing homelessness may be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 with relatively severe consequences due to older age, underlying medical conditions, lack of access to health resources, and challenges adhering to social distancing and isolation practices. Identifying COVID-19 infections among the homeless cases also help protect the broader population. From the start of the pandemic, The People Concern has implemented multiple measures – including robust testing programs – to address these challenges among the chronically unhoused including:
- Street Outreach – 18 multidisciplinary teams each with a Case Manager, Mental Health Clinician, Medical Professional, and Peer Advocate engage people experiencing homelessness, including providing them with COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing.
- Interim Housing – 9 interim housing facilities in which program participants and staff are provided COVID-19 testing a minimum of once a week and more frequently when it becomes necessary to quarantine a facility.
- Permanent Housing – provide wraparound services to more than 2,700 formerly unhoused individuals living in permanent supportive housing. This program, and all others operated by The People Concern, incorporate case management, medical and mental health care, substance use services, income assistance, and wellness education including information and access to COVID-19 testing.
“We are honored to support The People Concern in their work to protect the health of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles,” said Felix Chao, U.S. General Manager of PHASE Scientific. “We founded PHASE Scientific in the Los Angeles area and maintain our North American headquarters here, so we have a particular passion about giving back to our local community. Frequent testing remains foundational in combatting the spread of COVID-19. It is an especially important precaution for protecting COVID-vulnerable groups like those served by The People Concern.”
For more information, please visit: https://www.thepeopleconcern.org and https://www.phasescientificamericas.com
About The People Concern
One of Los Angeles County’s largest housing and social service agencies, The People Concern is working to end homelessness through its proven approach that focuses on housing first with wraparound services. The People Concern is partnering with innovative developers to scale the production of permanent supportive housing. The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, housing services, mental and medical health care, substance use services, life skills, and wellness programs – tailored to the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness and victims of domestic violence. Our programs empower the most vulnerable among us to improve their quality of life – housed, healthy and safe – and become active participants in the community. Ninety-two percent of people supported by The People Concern in permanent housing never experience homelessness again! For more information, visit www.thepeopleconcern.org.
About the INDICAID® COVID-19 Rapid Antigen At-Home Test:
The INDICAID® COVID-19 Rapid Antigen At-Home Test is authorized for non- prescription home use. INDICAID® is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1) unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
About PHASE Scientific International LTD:
PHASE Scientific is a high-growth biotech company with a mission to inspire a new state of health. Headquartered in Hong Kong with locations in Southern California and China’s Greater Bay Area, PHASE Scientific provides novel diagnostic tools and services for cancer and infectious diseases with its proprietary technologies. For additional information, please visit www.PhaseScientificAmericas.com
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