How’s it going for the homeless? Well, it depends exactly how homeless you are, where you are, and what you’ve got, but either way…
(by Half Dollar) The homeless are tough individuals.
It’s not uncommon to have a stomach of iron and the ability to sleep through a bullhorn blaring its alarm two inches from the ear.
And within the homeless population, that is where we will find out just how bad this Covid-19 really is.
Of course, that’s just my opion, and I’m just somebody who ran a homeless shelter and a soup kitchen, and I’m also just somebody who worked on the National HIV & STD Hotline and the National Immunization Hotline, so what do I know?
Nonetheless, street life exposes people to all of life’s biological buggers much more so than people who live in apartments or houses get exposed to, so while the homeless and other street dwellers are generally less healthy in the sense of having access to consistent, quality hygiene opportunities and medical supplies and services when needed, street people are arguably more self-correcting, natural healers who don’t need much medical intervention, if at all.
So the question is, how in the heck are the homeless doing?
It’s a little too early too tell how the homeless are doing in general, but we can see that the government is busy getting ready for a massive surge in demand for shelter from the homeless.
Right now, the mainstream media focus has not covered much in regards to the homeless, but rather, the MSM has mainly been focusing on on the hospitals and the doctors and the one-off sympathy cases, along with the “bombastic” daily reality TV press conferences from President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, which succeeds in distracting Americans for nearly a couple of hours per day all the while announcing some pretty scary communist/militant things that everybody’s just cool with.
But I digress.
We don’t have a whole lot of good information to go on right now, but here’s a small round-up form ground zero for the homeless, California.
First of all, to give an idea of how many confirmed cases there are, taken at face value, there are only 5 cases within the homeless population in all of L.A. County as of April 1st:
In L.A. County, 733 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized at some point, representing 20 percent of cases. Public health officials have kept a close watch on the homeless and jail populations and on Wednesday, Ferrer reported that the county now has five positive cases from those experiencing homelessness. None have died thus far, and Ferrer said as far as she knows, none of the five are currently hospitalized. She also provided an updated on the 43 investigations her team is overseeing at institutional settings where outbreaks can be threatening, particularly to populations most vulnerable to the disease, such as the elderly and those who reside in close corridors. Ferrer defined institutional settings as places such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential treatment centers, homeless shelters, jails, prisons and acute care facilities. According to the Los Angeles Times, one of those facilities is a Sylmar juvenile hall where a probation officer has tested positive, leading to the quarantine of 21 juvenile detainees.
So we’ve still not seen widespread community spread.
In San Francisco, they’re converting a convention center into a homeless shelter (from NBC):
Of course, for those living directly on the streets, well, they’re outta luck because getting courtesy upgraded to the convention center with hot meals, showers and TV is only something for people who were already living in overcrowded homeless shelters to begin with.
In Santa Clara county, the fairgrounds are being used:
The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a temporary homeless shelter to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and since Bay Area shelter in place orders are expected to be extended through May 1, the most vulnerable of the population may been there for several weeks.
The grounds have been used for fairs, community events and more, and now will be used to move homeless seniors and people with underlying health conditions out of shelters and out of harm’s way.
Notice that this is “expected to be extended through May 1”, which means that there has not been any productive economic activity at the fairgrounds in quite some time, and there will not be any productive economic activity at the fairgrounds any time soon, and this is not to say this is the right or wrong thing to do, but rather to point out the fact that this crisis is having ripple effects in the economy that are quite literally shaking anything and everything economic to its very core.
Here’s another example of economic impact: The County of Los Angeles is supposedly converting 42 recreation centers into shelters that total 6000 beds for the homeless, although it appears that number is being walked back by county officials.
Where’s the economic impact?
Well, think of it this way – instead of the recreation center being used as an economic engine, so to say, it’s being used as public welfare, and again, not that this is good or bad, just that it is what it is.
Here’s how the recreation center is no longer an economic engine, and more importantly, the kind of economic impact that could have been made, and this example is a gross oversimplification, but an example no less: Little Johnny isn’t going to his rec league basketball games because the league has been suspended for the season, the coaches and refs aren’t going to get their stipends as they’re not needed, the restaurants won’t get filled with hungry victors after the games, the NBA basketball tickets will not be purchased to inspire Little Johnny to play harder, and so on and so for, etcetera, and etcetera.
Finally, here’s how some of the homeless are roughing it in Las Vegas, Nevada:
NOTE: SCREEN GRAB FROM TIME FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.
Stay safe out there!