‘Far from enough’: COVID-19 impacts local unhoused communities

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Berkeley's homeless population has faced several issues amid the COIVD-19 pandemic. In response, the city and local organizations have made attempts to support the population throughout the past year.

In addition to the increased difficulty of accessing shelter, unhoused individuals and families have been impacted by issues such as an incomplete census due to a delay in Berkeley’s point-in-time count, exclusion from certain programs and a scarcity of basic necessities and resources.
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Berkeley homeless community struggles amid COVID-19, city responds

The city of Berkeley rolled out a number of resources to help the homeless community navigate challenges associated with being unhoused during the COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, pandemic. With limited options for sheltering in place or following social distancing directives, Berkeley’s homeless community is particularly vulnerable to contracting the disease
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