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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

Local governments and communities grapple with how to cope with people living out of their vehicles

Recreational vehicles parked in San Francisco
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Recreational vehicles parked in San Francisco

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing numbers of people across the country sought shelter in vehicles, sometimes in cars, but increasingly in rickety vans, recreational vehicles and truck cabs. The numbers have grown so large that many cities, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Alameda are now setting aside parking areas to accommodate the vehicles, and provide services for their occupants as well. How large is the problem and what are governments doing about it? I speak with KALW News Editor Sunni Khalid to discuss it.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked has in print, radio, television, and web journalism.