One of the most extreme public health crises we face today is that of homelessness.
In Sacramento alone, “homelessness has increased by an estimated 19% since 2017.”
Those experiencing homelessness during the covid-19 pandemic face more barriers to accessing basic hygiene and sanitation facilities.
Homeless families and individuals sleeping outdoors are risking exposure to more deadly infections by following social distancing guidelines.
In the U.S., families with children make up approximately one-third of those experiencing homelessness.
A disproportionate share of this population, however, lives in California, including 12 percent of the nationwide total.