Please read on for an update on what is happening here at Larkin Street.
Our primary focus is on the health and safety of the youth we serve and our staff. We are committed to continuing to provide critical, lifesaving services that young people need to come inside, get housed, and rebuild their lives, which is now more important than ever.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, in response to the Shelter in Place order, the following programs will have modified services. In this time of great need, we are committed to providing critical, life-saving services to the young people we serve.
What does Shelter in Place mean?
According to Mayor Breed’s press conference, this is an evidence-based intervention designed to limit interactions between people to the greatest extent possible in order to slow the spread of COVID19. It is voluntary but strongly recommended and meant to urge people to stay at home except to meet essential needs. Banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurant delivery, and essential government and non-profit services will remain open.
What does Shelter in Place mean at Larkin Street?
- Drop-in sites are distributing [hundreds of] takeout meals and hygiene supplies every day
- Case managers and mental health staff are checking in with youth daily by phone
- Larkin Street Academy is tutoring students and offering classes online
- We are processing active housing referrals, and
- All shelters and housing programs are operating with minimum staff in place
We are regularly updating our policies and procedures based on current recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure we are addressing and mitigating risk of infection for both youth and staff.
What are some changes at Larkin Street?
- We are continuing to operate services at all sites, but have taken precautionary measures to prioritize health and safety, including changes in meal service, class sizes, increased cleaning, etc.
- In conjunction with our city agency partners, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and the SFDPH, we are developing a strategic plan to screen young people and staff.
- Contingency plans are in place to maintain essential staff coverage due to school closures or if illness dramatically impacts our workforce.
- Options have been made available for staff to work from home when possible, especially for those who are high-risk.
- Our volunteer program and tours have been temporarily paused.
What are the most important things I can do?
- Know the facts about COVID-19, so you are well-prepared to make the best decisions to keep yourself and those around you safe
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap at water
- Avoid all physical contact—including elbow bumps
We will continue to assess the situation as it develops and evolves. While the next couple of weeks are certainly going to be challenging, we will get through this.
We are honored to be part of such a loving and supportive community.
Other ways to help:
- Professionally prepared box meals, packaged snacks and drinks
- Donate essential basics on our Amazon list
- Be an advocate for young people experiencing homelessness and share content
Contact [email protected] for more information.