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California's homeless crisis: What works & what needs to change?

Tents of unhoused people line a street in Hollywood, California.
Tents of unhoused people line a street in Hollywood, California.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll start a two-part series on the homeless crisis by focusing on California, a state with an uncoordinated approach, which has hampered the effectiveness of its efforts, according to a recent state audit.

Over 160,000 of California’s residents experience homelessness on any given day, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. State and local officials have pledged billions to address the issue in recent years, but progress is slow and at times elusive. What factors contribute to this crisis, what is working, and what needs to change?


Jackie Botts, reporter with CalMatters who covers income inequity and economic survival for the The California Divide collaboration

Tomiquia Moss, Founder and CEO of All Home

Carolina Reid, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning and the Faculty Research Advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Web Resources:

Auditor of the State of California: The State’s Uncoordinated Approach to Addressing Homelessness Has Hampered the Effectiveness of Its Efforts

CalMatters: A Homeless Vet's Journey Through Supportive Housing

CalMatters: 5 Challenges in Expanding California's Permanent Supportive Housing

CalMatters: California's Homelessness Crisis - and Possible Solutions - Explained

SFGate: United Nations report: SF homeless problem is 'violation of human rights'

San Francisco Chronicle: SF Native Plans to Move to Mexico After an Eviction

San Francisco Chronicle: Aging onto the street

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.