Cultural & Global Issues

UnSheltered

Abstract:

This podcast is about homelessness, the barriers that homeless people face in finding housing, and the nonprofits working to provide services. Each episode of the podcast covers a different facet of homelessness.  Episodes three and four focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

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NPR

Author:

Jon Lloyd

DC Homeless Struggle as Coronavirus Shuts City Down

Abstract:

In this YouTube video, a homeless man named Kevin explains how the coronavirus has made his life more challenging.  He is not able to sit in restaurants anymore and churches where homeless people could get food have been shut down.

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AFP News Agency

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Published:

March 19, 2020

How the Coronavirus Made Ending Homelessness Even More Critical

Abstract:

During the pandemic, advocates for the homeless in West Virginia are working to ensure that shelters have supplies they need to keep people safe, and working with communities to keep people who are living in encampments safe. They are also working to move those most vulnerable into motel rooms for temporary housing.

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Yes! Solutions Journalism

Author:

Taylor Sisk

Published:

June 3, 2020

Not Going Back: Ending Homelessness in the Age of COVID-19

Abstract:

People facing homeless have a myriad of challenges during the pandemic.  Many communities are keeping homeless people safe from COVID by using hotel rooms as temporary housing, but this is a temporary measure. The pandemic highlights the vulnerability of people without housing, and the pandemic can be the moment to change the way that America addresses this issue.

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Author:

Steve Berg

Published:

September 8, 2020

Hundreds of D.C.’s Homeless Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus as Shelters Try to Avoid Spread

Abstract:

Coronavirus is spreading amongst D.C.’s homeless.  In shelters, it is impossible to have social distancing to keep people safe.  Shelters are taking steps like temperature checks and isolating those with symptoms to try to prevent community spread.

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The Washington Post

Author:

Justin Wm. Moyer

Homelessness in Washington, DC: Here Are the Statistics

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Homelessness is decreasing in Washington, D.C.  The city has taken a lot of steps forward to reduce homelessness, including housing vouchers for veterans, increasing year-round access to shelters for families, and the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP).

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Fox News

Author:

Nick Givas

Published:

February 15, 2020

Homelessness in D.C. Has Steadily Dropped for Years. Coronavirus Could Change That.

Abstract:

Homelessness has been decreasing in D.C., but advocates worry this could change during the coronavirus pandemic as more families have lost their housing. There are temporary measures to suspend evictions but these will eventually end as some people still face unemployment. Unstable housing is also a challenge for families with children doing remote school.

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NPR

Author:

Jonquilyn Hill

Published:

May 6, 2020

Annual Survey Reveals a Continued Decrease in Family Homelessness, No Change for Youth, and an Increase For Single Individuals

Abstract:

The number of homeless people in D.C. fell in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year.  However, within the homeless population, the number of unsheltered individuals has grown. During the coronavirus pandemic, housing of homeless people is a priority in recovery planning.

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Street Sense Media

Author:

Avi Bajpai

Published:

June 21, 2020