Help coming for indigenous itinerants

Groups are making plans to help the indigenous homeless. This item says 80% of the indigenous homeless tested have been positive for Covid. More spaces have been arranged for their use at the old Vic.

Before I start another squabble about the homeless, let’s keep this in mind: the homeless are not a separate species. Even if you’re entirely dismissive of their existence, you need to remember that unless homeless folks – indigenous or otherwise – are looked after, they will remain a pool of Covid contagion, and thus a risk to wider society. If nothing else matters to you, this ought to.

In related news, the plan to create a “wet shelter” at the old Vic for people with long-term chronic alcohol problems has been put on hold to make room for Covid cases.