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COVID-19: What's Being Done To Protect Homeless People?

Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters
A hand-sanitizing station at a homeless encampment near Oakland city hall.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how COVID-19 is affecting people who can’t stay inside.

California has the largest homeless population in the US, with more than 40,000 people living in shelters on any given night.  There are more than 150,000 homeless Californians. What are city and state officials doing to protect people experiencing homelessness? Advocates are demanding housing and an end to street sweeps.


Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness

Web Resources:

The Guardian: 'If I get it, I die': homeless residents say inhumane shelter conditions will spread coronavirus

CalMatters: COVID-19 and California’s housing crisis: 5 issues to watch