Housing, basic needs challenges continue amid COVID-19

September 17, 2020, Daily Journal, Danny McArthur – The Tupelo Homeless Task Force is working through housing challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Between March and August, Jackson-based nonprofit Mississippi United to End Homelessness (MUTEH) housed 21 people in the Tupelo area, Tupelo Homeless Task Force chair Hannah Maharrey said during a Sept. 17 task force meeting. MUTEH currently has eight in the housing search, two of whom are COVID-related, said MUTEH Northeast Mississippi Coordinator Sara Ekiss.Despite these efforts, Ekiss said Tupelo has seen a spike in homelessness since the start of the pandemic.

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