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Sarto to House Homeless Coronavirus Patients

Evansville Catholic Diocese

A facility on Evansville’s North Side will become a self-isolation center for homeless people with COVID-19. 

The City of Evansville and the Catholic Diocese have agreed to allow the city to use the Sarto Retreat House on N. Kentucky Avenue.

In a release, the city said the facility provides a safe, secure place where homeless individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 can be isolated as they wait for their symptoms to dissipate. 

It will also house those who have been discharged after being treated for COVID-19 at local healthcare facilities.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke thanked the collaboration among homeless shelters and outreach staff, volunteers, healthcare facilities, and the Catholic Diocese.

Winnecke said the facility would provide the community's most vulnerable citizens “temporary housing where they can fully recuperate."

He said the center will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The city will provide security and cleaning staff.

Bishop Joseph Siegel said he hoped the facility would be comforting for the short-term residents.

The Sarto Retreat House offers space for groups to hold retreats of up to 55 guests.