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On the Brink: Homelessness before and during COVID-19 (Encore)

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. many of us were told to “shelter in place” in order to minimize the spread of disease. But, for a lot of people who are forced to live on the street, it’s not possible to just close the door and retreat into safety. Today’s show is about homelessness. We start by following two women as they undergo several evictions, even though they’re already living in encampments. And we talk about the impact these ongoing displacements have on their mental and physical health. Then, we take a look at how homeless communities are dealing with COVID-19 and finally, we talk about market forces in the housing crisis and how to fight for “the right to housing.” 

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  • Mouangjoi Tracy Saelee
  • Kimberly Medrano and Morgan – Former residents of an encampment at East 12th Street and 23rd Avenue in Oakland, California
  • Joe Devries – Assistant to the City Administrator in Oakland
  • Candice Elder – Executive Director, East Oakland Collective
  • Noni Session, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative


  • Reporter: Lucy Kang
  • Producer and Host: Salima Hamirani

Making Contact Staff:

  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Director of Production Initiatives and Distribution: Lisa Rudman
  • Production Assistant: Emily Rose Thorne

Music Credit:

Blue Dot Sessions – Kirkus – Architect – Music for Video – 2019

Blue Dot Sessions – Gambrel- Architect – Music for Video – 2019

Blue Dot Sessions – Li Fonte- Architect – Music for Video – 2019

Blue Dot Sessions – Curiously and Curiously – Calumet – Music for Video – 2019

Soft and Furious – Superconnected Sleep – The Merfolk I Should Turn to Be – 2017



Author: Radio Project

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