Floridians struggle to find good housing amid affordability crisis, pandemic

Nov 26, 2020
In Osceola County, many people are living in motels that offer limited facilities for long-term stays during a pandemic.
A woman looks on as the head of the Kissimmee-Poinciana Homeless Outreach, Barbie Austria, donates essentials to jobless people living in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida on Oct. 15, 2020.
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As colder months approach, Maine housing advocates seek new resources

Oct 7, 2020
Maine homeless agencies are stockpiling food, opening temporary shelters and more to meet the need.
A team from the Landing Place, an organization for at-risk youth, prepares bags of food and other supplies for families in Maine's midcoast region.
Robbie Feinberg/Maine Public Radio

COVID-19 makes a difficult voting process for people who are homeless even harder

Sep 22, 2020
The pandemic has limited access to information about how to vote and what the issues are.
People can use the address of a family member, a homeless service provider or even their physical location on the street to register, though it’s difficult to get voter information or mail-in ballots this way.
Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

What it's like to navigate the first year of motherhood without a stable home

Apr 28, 2020
Data can tell us who is on welfare, but not what it's like to to live in the system.
A woman feeds a baby at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California, in 2015.
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To house the homeless, agencies turn to vacant hotels

Apr 8, 2020
Homeless people are much more likely to contract COVID-19 — and to die from it — than the general population.
Congress has set aside $4 billion for homeless assistance during COVID-19. Above, a doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus in San Francisco, California on March 17.
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California races to defend homeless population from COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020
In California, most of the state’s 150,000 homeless people are living unsheltered, outside or in structures not meant for human habitation.
Health officials and service providers say homeless populations, like the people living at this camp in Richmond, California, are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.
Sruti Mamidanna/KQED

Can a computer model reveal who is about to become homeless? LA County is finding out.

Jan 23, 2020
The goal is to reach out and help people before they lose their housing.
Tents line a sidewalk in the city of Los Angeles, where homelessness rose 16% last year.
Courtesy California Policy Lab

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How one Chicago call center works to prevent homelessness

Jan 14, 2020
Workers connect qualifying callers with one-time emergency aid.
A Chicago call center worker asks callers how they ended up on the verge of homelessness.
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LA mayor on homelessness, infrastructure and deciding not to run in 2020

Dec 23, 2019
How is the nation's second-largest city thinking about its two biggest problems?
Eric Garcetti has been LA Mayor for the past six years. Above, "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal and Garcetti chat in the official mayor's residence, the Getty House.
Daisy Palacios/Marketplace

California's homeless: A crisis of prosperity

Nov 27, 2019
Families in the state are battling homelessness as a strong economy dominates their surroundings.
A homeless encampment in Salinas, California.
Alessandra Sanguinetti for The California Sunday Magazine