The Bay Area’s shelter in place orders have been in place for two months. The strain of our new reality is being felt by everyone, but most acutely by those who were homeless before the pandemic -- how do you shelter in place when you have no home? Our extremely low income community members are facing severe impacts from the social distancing orders, shuttered workplaces and schools. Extremely low-income people who were already severely rent burdened and living paycheck to paycheck before this crisis, are facing significant hardship now and are at greater risk of losing their housing, living in crowded or substandard conditions, and endangering the health of their families. The pandemic has shone a light on implications of our profound lack of safe, affordable housing, and the consequences that it has for our collective public health. Prior to COVID-19, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area was unacceptable and continuing to grow. While short term interventions, like eviction moratoria and emergency funding, have been established, they must be linked with ongoing homelessness prevention strategies for the many who will become homeless in the economic aftermath of COVID-19, rapid acceleration of affordable housing production and preservation, an effort to use the crisis as an opportunity to bring people indoors and ultimately into permanent housing.
As part of East Bay Housing Organization's Affordable Housing Week, we will be hosting a discussion with leaders in the field about the research, needs on the ground, policy opportunities, and actions philanthropy can take to ensure lasting, stable housing for everyone in our community.
Maximum registrants: 100