AP: COVID-19 shelter for South Carolina homeless people to open

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Homeless people infected with the coronavirus or showing symptoms will soon be offered a new place to stay in upstate South Carolina. A 32-bed quarantine shelter will open Dec. 28 near Greenville. United Housing Connections CEO Lorain Crowl says her group and others were awarded $2 million in grants to develop the shelter. PRISMA Health will provide medical care, oxygen, protective gear and testing. Crowl says the number of people without a place to stay has risen during the pandemic, possibly quadrupling in the Greenville area. Homeless service ministry Miracle Hill opened a quarantine shelter in April but saw little demand, in part because of warm weather. However, the partners see more pressing needs with the onset of winter.

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