As reported by the American Association of Justice and the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Bailey Fisher attorney Fay Pappas has been instrumental in initiating a statewide program designed to provide free housing for health care workers who cannot safely stay in their own homes due to their exposure to COVID-19 patients.
The housing idea came to Ms. Pappas after talking with her brother, an ICU physician who was having difficulty isolating from his family to avoid infecting them with COVID-19. After learning that many of his colleagues were facing the same problem or were in even worse situations, Pappas quickly got to work on a solution.
She reached out to the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, Florida House Representative Benjamin Diamond, and the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds to devise a plan for connecting pandemic health care workers with free housing. At its peak, over 70 RV parks and resorts across Florida were participating in this program, providing free housing for no less than 30 days to impacted medical personnel.
With the pandemic continuing to rage across the U.S., Pappas is glad this initative has obtained national interest. As she says, “On top of everything, . . . health care workers should not have to worry about protecting their families [from themselves].” Thankfully, they have a civic-minded Central Florida attorney looking out for them.