This article focused on homelessness in California, which is one of the states with the highest number of reported COVID cases. Though there have been health measures in place to try to slow the spread in homeless populations, such as distributing hand sanitizer in shelters and setting up hand washing stations, homeless advocacy groups point out that there needs to be more efforts made. Many people in homeless communities are seniors or have chronic health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus. Some cities, such as San Francisco, have set up emergency funds towards cleaning shelters and setting up more hand-washing stations, however, groups such as the Coalition on Homelessness are also pushing for halting evictions and encampment sweeps, to encourage more rest and connection with outreach workers. Some temporary measures to improve the situation that are being suggested include taking setting aside more spaces for quarantine, and to push for more resources.
In California, where both homelessness and COVID-19 cases are on the rise, cities are rushing to help unhoused people — but advocates worry it won’t be e...