“I didn’t even know that they were even able to do this at this time, during the pandemic,” said Saniece Hunter, who's been sleeping on a futon at her hair salon.
“Getting arrested is one thing, but they beat the shit out of me,” said Michael Jacobs, who was arrested near a homeless encampment in Denver.
The order shields certain non-paying tenants from eviction until the end of the year, but it doesn't cancel rent.
“This year has been the most stressful that many of us have faced since we’ve provided this service,” one official said.
Toronto scrambled to set up shelters, adjacent to an affluent neighbourhood, for homeless people during the pandemic. Residents say they're scared.
“I’m constantly wasting time having to worry any time I see police officers drive by, or they stop at the park and see me,” said one homeless man in LA.
Closed libraries and drop-in centres. Water fountains shut off. Ace Lovell found himself living on the street at the worst possible time.
At least two California cities have established campsites for the homeless in the coronavirus crisis, offering basic services like food, security, and a bathroom.
‘Literally a Lifeline:’ Doctors Without Borders Is Getting Cell Phones to Homeless People so They Can Stay Connected During Coronavirus
The organization has distributed 1,000 phones so far to connect the homeless to shelter, healthcare, and financial help during the crisis.
The city’s largest shelter is currently experiencing an outbreak.
Homeless people could be forced to urinate and defecate in public—which can increase COVID-19 risk for everyone.
Some places are seeing double their normal amount of clientele.