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Local shelter steps up to help homeless community during COVID-19 pandemic

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HARLINGEN, Texas- Among those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is the homeless community around the Rio Grande Valley. 

One local shelter is providing them with supplies to keep themselves safe during the outbreak.

“Our homeless population is one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to the Coronavirus,” said Hugo Zurita, Executive Director at the Good Neighbor Settlement House.

The non-profit continues to provide food and supplies to the homeless community in efforts to protect them from the virus. 

“They interact with a lot of individuals and hygiene and stuff like that, so that’s why we try our best to give them our hygiene kits or hand wipes. Enough to at least be able to keep clean,” said Zurita.

The last couple days, Good Neighbor Settlement House has seen long lines outside their facility as they provide meals to not only the homeless but the whole Brownsville community, all while maintaining distance from one another.

“For our meal program we have lines outside which divide into six feet. All of our staff is wearing masks and gloves,” said Zurita. “Same thing when it comes to our food pantry, we make sure that we serve everyone but we let them know they have to wear a mask.”

Zurita was offering face masks to the homeless in the beginning of the outbreak, but had to stop because of the shortage in supplies. 

They began a GoFundMe page to help support those in need during these difficult times.

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