The IMPACT of COVID-19
The African-American community makes up 30% of the population of Chicago and presently comprise 60% of those who have contracted COVID-19.
Black people have the highest rate of infection in the state of Illinois while making up only 15% of the state's total population
If you are a Black person in America you are three times more likely to die from contracting COVID-19 than if you are white.
In the face of this crisis Lugenia Burns Hope Center is hosting an informational ZOOM Forum. The community is coming together to discuss the Public Health and Housing Ordinance, the Chicago Housing Initiative response to this urgent situation. Recently the Chicago Tribune wrote a story on the efforts of Ald. Chris Taliaferro and his Co-Sponsor, Ald. Walter Burnett to be champions for the community and use every public resource we have to meet this public policy crisis.
COVID-19 has killed over 150,000 Americans and that number is continuing to climb. Being homeless or living in congregate facilities including homeless shelters, detention centers, jails, and nursing facilities should not be the death sentence it is now and will continue to be as the virus spreads. Congregate settings have accounted for at least 19% of the spread of COVID infections and 36% of corona-virus deaths. The virus has not disappeared or lessened in its transmission and lethality. Epidemiologists predict that the next 18-24 months, until a vaccine for COVID-19 is identified and widely disseminated, that death and infection rates will continue to rise. The personal ability to “shelter-at-home”, self-quarantine and “social distance” are impossible within most congregate settings or tent encampments.
We have to do something right now because our community needs us to step up. Please join them at this event.