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Bay Area Suburbs Struggle With Rising Homelessness

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We’ll talk about what’s driving homelessness in Bay Area suburbs and what’s being done about it. (Robert Gauthier via Getty Images)

In September, Alameda County declared a state of emergency on homelessness to address growing numbers of unhoused people. Suburban and rural areas throughout California are seeing more homelessness, according to a recent study from UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Homelessness outside of big cities can be less visible and requires a different approach since towns and suburbs often lack the resources and infrastructure that larger cities have to help unhoused people. We’ll talk about what’s driving homelessness in Bay Area suburbs and what’s being done about it.

Guests:

Kerry Abbott, director, Office of Homeless Care and Coordination for Alameda County<br />

Ryan Finnigan, associate research director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation - helping design and execute the center’s research agenda. His research has focused on homelessness in California, and poverty and social policy both in the United States overall.

Jennifer Loving, executive director, Destination: Home - a public-private partnership focused on ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.<br />

Aubrey Merriman, CEO, LifeMoves - a homeless services provider for San Mateo County<br />

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