Central Coast Voices: COVID-19 effects on the Central Coast homeless population
Last year California’s homeless population climbed to 150,000, the most in the nation. Already communities have been struggling throughout the state to deal with this crisis. Now with the outbreak of COVID-19, there are fears that many in this vulnerable population could become infected with the virus. One projection suggests that up to 60,000 homeless in the state could become infected. How can you shelter-at-home when you have no home?
Join Fred Munroe as he hosts the program from home, speaking with Grace McIntosh, homeless services director at 40 Prado Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo, and Wendy Lewis, executive director of El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO), about how the virus is impacting the homeless population of San Luis Obispo County, and what communities are doing to prepare to stop the spread amongst these vulnerable individuals, both for their safety and to protect the greater community.
Broadcast date: 4/2/20
Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.