Bringing the Homeless Indoors
COVID-19 has exposed the Bay Area’s homeless crisis for the severe public health liability that it is. Homeless Californians are five times more likely to die by suicide than the general population, 10 times more likely to be murdered, 11 times more likely to suffer accidental deaths, and suffer a life expectancy 22 years shorter than average. Today, the Bay Area has the third largest homeless population in the United States and provides fewer shelter options to homeless residents than any other U.S. metro area besides Los Angeles. The Bay Area Council’s new Committee on Homelessness brings together diverse regional leaders in business, government, and the non-profit sector to influence policies aimed at finding scalable solutions to this inter-generational challenge.
2020 Policy Activities
- Secure thousands of surgical masks from partners in China to resupply Bay Area homeless shelters to protect vulnerable populations against COVID-19.
- Align regional leaders on federal asks for billions of dollars in homelessness resources in the U.S. CARES Act.
- Launch new Homeless Committee, open to all Bay Area Council Members. On April 27, 2020, the new committee will host its first meeting where members will establish goals and objectives for the year ahead.
- Develop a new report on the opportunity and risk of imposing California shelter mandates.
Clint Reilly, Chairman & President, Clint Reilly Holdings; Gary Cohen, Vice President, Public Affairs, Blue Shield; Robert Schiff, Partner, McKinsey and Company; Sarah Krevans, President & CEO, Sutter Health; Tomiquia Moss, Founder & CEO, All Home.