Letter: Bay Area has 46,000 empty homes and 28,000 homeless
Re: “If these Oakland leaders back this rent strike, it’s a disgrace” (Letter to the editor, March 9): This letter is written by someone who clearly has not ever struggled. With over 46,000 vacant homes in the Bay Area (see “ How many vacant houses are there really...
Bramson: Poverty and homelessness in the time of Coronavirus
We’ve been in a crisis for a long time. One where families choose between paying rent and buying food, where kids triple and quadruple up in dingy rooms just to get by, where disabled people sleep and sometimes die on the streets. With tens of thousands of people impacted in California alone, we’re talking about...
Mayors chat homelessness with Newsom – Daily Democrat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The mayors of California’s biggest cities had a “robust” discussion with Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, highlighting their opposition to his plan on …
San Jose approves $2M for coronavirus homeless prevention fund
Following a statewide directive to shelter-in-place, San Jose leaders on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating $2 million to fund homelessness prevention services for low-income families at risk of being pushed into poverty. Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday also approved an additional $2 million to the same $11 million fund meant to provide rent assistance...
Will the Coronavirus Help End Homelessness?
The pandemic has shifted the politics around homelessness
Homeless mothers take over L.A. house amid coronavirus outbreak
A group of homeless residents in L.A. have moved into state-owned homes, saying they need housing.
Caiella and Hopson: Measure E spending plan should support for homeless families
Take a moment to think back on your childhood. Did you ever have to worry about moving from place to place? Was there ever a moment when you did not have a room with a bed to sleep in every night? Could you count on breakfast, lunch and dinner at the table every day? For...
California's first known COVID-19 homeless death
How do you shelter-in-place without a home? Santa Clara County officials confirm the first known death of a homeless resident attributed to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
As the Coronavirus Pandemic Continues, Homeless Communities Are Particularly Vulnerable
How California, which is home to more than half of the country’s unsheltered homeless population, is addressing the needs of the unhoused.
As coronavirus spreads, Newsom works to secure hospital beds, find rooms for homeless
California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the past 36 hours has announced a slew of measures to combat coronavirus, including placing the state’s National Guard on alert, devoting money to secure hospital beds, trailers and shelters for homeless residents and signing orders to peg $1 billion to slow the spread of the deadly virus. As of...
Coronavirus and Poverty: A Mother Skips Meals So Her Children Can Eat
Americans with tight financial resources have fewer options as they navigate coronavirus closures and layoffs.
Chief Justice Says Courts Will Help With Homeless Crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief justice said Tuesday that she will appoint an advisory panel on how the court system might better help the state address its growing homelessness crisis.
A Homeless Person In Silicon Valley Has Now Died of Coronavirus
He’s the first confirmed homeless person to die of an illness that advocates and experts warn could be uniquely devastating to the nation’s 567,000 homeless people.
Cities worry about homeless populations as coronavirus surges
People who are homeless face a huge risk of exposure to the coronavirus sweeping the nation, and city officials worry that their homeless populations could become vectors from which the virus spreads even more broadly than it has already.
Is Youth Homelessness Going Up or Down? It Depends on Whom You Ask
Data compiled by two federal departments appear to show opposite trends. Some say the discrepancy undermines efforts to help those hit hard by the housing crisis and the coronavirus.
Emergency hearing called over coronavirus threat to homeless people
Citing the coronavirus outbreak, a federal judge has ordered an emergency hearing on a lawsuit alleging L.A. has failed to protect homeless people.
California governor says 60,000 homeless in state could get coronavirus in next eight weeks
FILE PHOTO: California's Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media after casting his vote at a voting center at The California Museum for the presidential primaries on Super Tuesday in Sacramento, CA U.S., March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Gabriela Bhaskar LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The governor of California said on Wednesday that modeling done by experts has shown that an estimated 60,000 homeless people in the state could become ill with coronavirus over the next eight weeks. “Over the next eight-week p...
During the coronavirus pandemic, nowhere is safe for homeless people
The coronavirus crisis poses a new threat to homeless people across the US who already have poor access to food, shelter, and basic hygiene.
Blaming coronavirus, homeless families seize 12 vacant homes
With the city pushing more stringent measures to curb the coronavirus’ spread, a group of homeless residents in L.A. are taking over vacant, state-owned houses.
Coronavirus: Gov. Newsom, Garcetti lay out plan to house homeless amid pandemic
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues , residents are urged to stay home. But what about the roughly 36,000 people in Los Angeles who are homeless?Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out plans Wednesday to get the most vulnerable in the homeless population with pre-existing conditions off the streets and indoors.The state is supplying local governments with $150 million, and with the help of the American Red Cross, the City of Los Angeles will open 6,00...
Staying Home Slows the Coronavirus, But What If You’re Homeless?
If exposed, people experiencing homelessness might be more susceptible to illness or death due to a prevalence of underlying medical conditions.
Coronavirus: What Bay Area Counties Are Doing for Homeless Residents — And How You Can Help
California will spend $150 million to house homeless people during the coronavirus health crisis. Here’s what Bay Area counties are doing for its residents experiencing homelessness, and how you can help.
Housing Rights Movement Gains Steam in Los Angeles as Homeless Families Respond to Coronavirus
For years, a housing crisis in California has been coming to a head as skyrocketing rents have outpaced people’s wages. That crisis has led to a growing homeless population the state has struggled to assist. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic requiring Californians to “shelter-in-place,” homeless families find themselves running out of safe options.
homeless residents say inhumane shelter conditions will spread coronavirus
As California officials urge residents to avoid physical contact, residents worry the facilities are not prepared to cope with the outbreak
Before coronavirus hits, California scrambles to shelter homeless
Two public health crises, the coronavirus pandemic and homelessness, may collide soon, leaving all of California at risk
Commentary: Closed community spaces due to coronavirus will leave the homeless out in the cold -- it’s a disgrace
While Gov. Newsom authorizes $150 million to increase shelter beds and lease hotel rooms, many of California’s homeless will still be left out in the cold.
HUD awards $118K-plus to homeless programs across country
CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced Wednesday that more than $118 million in grants will go to support local homeless assistance programs in cities across the country, including Granite City, Gillespie and East St. Louis, in the Illinois counties of Madison, Macoupin and St. Clair, respectively. This round of HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed support to approximately 630 local programs — including mor...
The Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students – Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness
ICPH developed an interactive tool for users to further explore differences in risk behaviors and health outcomes between homeless high school students and their housed classmates. … Read More
Reclaim Our Homes
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing politicians to act in ways that just weeks ago seemed unthinkable. And activists like the Reclaimers are opening the cracks still wider.
California governor issues statewide stay-at-home order
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Gov. Gavin Newsom said...
San Jose Opens Tiny Home Community To Battle Homelessness
In attempt to help the homelessness crisis in California, the city of San Jose has opened a community of tiny homes.
Fear is a main barrier in counting homeless populations
Homeless at ‘Double Risk’ of Getting, Spreading Coronavirus – NBC Los Angeles
They often don’t have places to wash their hands, struggle with health problems and crowd together in grimy camps. That’s what makes homeless people...
New poll reveals depth of concern
Most Bay Area residents see homelessness as a huge problem, and support innovative solutions like tiny homes, according to a new poll. But that doesn't mean they want to house the homeless in their neighborhoods.
People Experiencing Homelessness Are Vulnerable When It Comes to Coronavirus
Because of underlying health conditions, a lack of shelter, access to running water and medical care, homeless people are considered a vulnerable population for coronavirus.
Opinion: A symbol of success in San Jose — from streets to home
If you drive by this newly-built five-story apartment building just off of a downtown San Jose park, you would think it is one of this area’s new homes for a growing population of tech workers. Its sleek lines and modern facade help the neighborhood enter a new generation of downtown architecture. Inside these new homes, however, are not tech transplants from other cities, they are actually people who once lived on the streets of the city of San Jose or Santa Clara County, including some who ...
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Legislative Analyst Criticizes California’s Homeless Plan https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/making-it-in-the-bay/legislative-analyst-criticizes-californias-homeless-plan/2232642/
Legislative Analyst Criticizes California’s Homeless Plan – NBC Bay Area
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal likely won’t have a meaningful impact on the nation’s largest homeless population, according to a new...
Palo Alto Approves Pilot Program To Allow Person or Families To Stay Overnight In Their Car at… https://medium.com/@PaloAltoConnect/palo-alto-approves-pilot-program-to-allow-person-or-families-to-stay-overnight-in-their-car-at-5f1fe941cad9
Council Approves Pilot Program Allowing Overnight Vehicle Parking at Religious Institutions
Learn more about a pilot program recently approved by the City Council and details on other upcoming housing related discussions taking place Palo Alto is not alone in its work to address housing…
'It's really bad out there' -- Santa Clara County Supervisors create task force to tackle homeless crisis
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a plan to establish a homeless task force and a plan to address the region's housing insecurity crisis.