Local Bay Area governments and advocates are concerned about homeless people dealing with the unhealthy air quality caused by the Camp Fire.
Impacts are being felt across the region as air quality has worsened, fluctuating between “unhealthy” and “very unhealthy.”
In response, a number of homeless advocacy groups are expanding homeless outreach services.
The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in San Francisco—which combines key homeless serving programs and contracts from the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Human Services Agency (HSA), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), and the Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF)—is expanding shelter space and checking on people in the streets.
Randy Quezada, the department's Communications and Community Relations Manager, says they have expanded their shelter to include 75 additional mats, and are performing wellness checks, offering masks, water and transport to the shelter for unsheltered people.