HOMELESSNESS

Pablo Unzueta / CalMatters

The Gavin Newsom recall may have picked up steam as a referendum on the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but now homelessness is also taking center stage.

Businessman John Cox — perhaps best known as the guy with the bear — has been hauling an eight-foot ball of garbage around California to symbolize “the trash that’s left behind” by people experiencing homelessness and the state’s response to them.

Saying a "heroin scourge" is "afflicting the region," The New York Times has just published a feature piece on Humboldt County that notes:

"A sharp rise in heroin use has created intense fear among community members and public health officials in Humboldt County, even while California as a whole has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country. In Humboldt County, opioid-related overdose rates are five times higher than in the rest of the state."

Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods are hosting the North Coast Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Summit at CR’s main Eureka campus on April 25th. The daylong summit offers presentations about the scope of the homelessness and housing insecurity, local action, causes and contributing factors of homelessness, and how to expand empathy and awareness.


Chant'e Catt and Mike Barnes of the HSU Homeless Student Advocate Alliance came by the KHSU studio to talk about the Housing Alternative Insights events November 28-30.