COVID-19 Resources for the Unhoused
Two of the most effective tools in fighting a pandemic are 1) widespread testing and 2) quarantining of the sick, both of which have logistical challenges that are amplified when you don't have a home.
If you find yourself homeless in Huntsville with concerns about contracting COVID-19, here are the resources available to you in the city, along with things you must keep in mind:
COVID-19 testing is available through Thrive Alabama for those not experiencing symptoms. They rotate their testing sites throughout the city, at times including walk-up testing at First Stop and the Downtown Rescue Mission. Dates and times are always changing, so check with Thrive to see where you can get tested. They can be reached at 256-536-4700.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, visit the Huntsville Hospital Fever & Flu Clinic at 120 Governors Drive for testing.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must find a way to quarantine yourself, to keep others from catching the virus. You will not be able to stay at the Salvation Army and Downtown Rescue Mission shelters. COVID-19 is highly infectious, and the shelters must do what they can to protect their clients.
There is still a quarantine option available to you. The North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (NACH) is doing what they can to find and provide spaces for people who are COVID-19 positive. You can reach them at 256-261-3025, Monday through Thursday, from 9am-5pm. Calls outside of those times will go to voicemail.
Additional Help and Information
Have a specific question not answered by the above, or need other resources not directly related to COVID-19? You can text or dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a wide range of resources through 211 Connects Alabama and The United Way. They can also be reached at 1-888-421-1266.
Assistance includes food, housing, transportation, clothing, healthcare, legal services, and a number of other concerns.