Coronavirus and Homelessness

Featuring Cato Institute

The COVID-19 crisis poses a serious threat to the most vulnerable members of society. Stay‐​home orders, for example, have been a central part of government’s response to the pandemic, but over 100,000 Californians have no home in which stay, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Another 30,000 live in emergency shelters, which are poorly equipped to guard against the virus. The pandemic even further highlights the necessity of increasing California’s housing supply, so that people can get and stay off the streets.