Can You Get Shelter Right Now If You Don't Have A Home? It Depends.

15 min
A portable restroom at a tent encampment under a freeway overpass in Berkeley on Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

More than 30,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area before Covid-19. Across the state, thousands of hotel rooms, RVs, and other shelters are being made available. But advocates say it isn't happening fast enough, and the longer it takes to get people off the streets, the more people will get sick.

Guest: Erin Baldassari, KQED housing affordability reporter

Correction 4/8/2020: The original version of this episode states that cities and counties are opening up alternative kinds of shelter like RVs and fairgrounds in order to house people living "on the streets." Alternative shelter spaces are generally being opened up in order to create space for those in existing shelters, where physical distancing has become very difficult.