Thursday Open Thread ~ "What are you listening to?" edition ~ Making Contact
Most of us have a home to shelter in place during COVID -19. But what about the homeless?
U.S. homelessness statistics are at alarming rates. The national homelessness crisis has reached unprecedented levels and local jails play a direct role in the problem. 15% of all people detained or incarcerated report having been homeless. And roughly 48,000 people enter shelters every year nearly directly from prisons or jails.
In California, so-called “quality of life” laws target panhandling, living in cars or blocking sidewalks essentially making homelessness a crime.
70 Million episode reporter Sarah McClure chronicles the impact on men and women caught up in this system, and two ambitious programs trying to change these practices.
Next we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. many of us were told to “shelter in place” in order to minimize the spread of disease. But, for a lot of people who are forced to live on the street, its not possible to just close the door and retreat into safety. Today’s show is about homelessness. We start by following two women as they undergo several evictions, even thought they’re already living in encampments. And we talk about the impact these ongoing displacements have on their mental and physical health. Then, we take a look at how homeless communities are dealing with COVID-19 and finally, we talk about market forces in the housing crisis and how to fight for “the right to housing.”