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Australia has housed rough sleepers during the pandemic, unlike the US, but it’s a temporary fix. Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA/AAP

COVID spurred action on rough sleepers but greater homelessness challenges lie ahead

Australia found shelter for more than 33,000 rough sleepers and other homeless people during the pandemic, but a coming surge in homelessness demands a comprehensive national housing strategy.
Photographer: Alex Frayne, from his series ‘The Overseers of Streets’, for the 2020 Head On Photo Festival

If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we’d fix it overnight

When the moratorium on evictions ends, even more Australians will face housing insecurity and homelessness. Beyond the moral and health cases, there's a powerful financial reason to end homelessness.
A group in the secret alleyway after a distribution of reusable masks, hand sanitiser and mealie meal. Ralph/Growing up on the Streets

Young people living on Harare’s streets provide glimpses into life under COVID-19 lockdown

The story map reveals that like any part of society, street youth are both subject to and willing to conform to rules and conventions, in this case for their own and others' safety.
A homeless woman sits outside a fenced-off camp in Vancouver after a 12 p.m. deadline for the park to be vacated in Vancouver on May 9, 2020. The province relocated hundreds of people from tent encampments in Vancouver and Victoria to hotel and community centre accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cities must end homeless camp evictions during the coronavirus pandemic

Without sufficient safe shelter space and universal testing, cities are forcing homeless people into encampments, limiting their ability to stay safe and violating international human rights laws.
Natosha, a houseless resident in Los Angeles’ Skid Row points to a DIY handwashing station. Pete White/LA CAN

How can the houseless fight the coronavirus? A community organization partners with academics to create a grassroots hand-washing infrastructure

A community effort is creating do-it-yourself hand-washing stations for the homeless population in Los Angeles.
The nonprofit International Community Health Services medical clinic in Seattle provides care for uninsured people. Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Abused children and partners, people with mental illness are all especially vulnerable with stay-at-home orders from coronavirus

Different groups in society can suffer from social distancing practices. That includes higher risk of domestic violence, child abuse and mental health problems.

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