‘Hidden Homeless’: More People Living In Vehicles Due To COVID Hardships

‘Hidden Homeless’: More People Living In Vehicles Due To COVID Hardships


The coronavirus pandemic has created difficult financial situations for lots of Americans, with many now opting to live in their cars to alleviate the burdens.

USA Today reports:

Americans are being driven into their vehicles by COVID-19 pandemic-fueled woes. And their ranks are likely to grow as the government safety net frays and evictions and foreclosures rise.

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Graham Pruss, a postdoctoral scholar with the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations, said that while many struggled to find an affordable place to live, the pandemic has made the housing crisis worse.

“We have seen more people moving into vehicles and more restrictions on public parking for them over the last decade, and then COVID hit,” Pruss said. “I am concerned that we may be facing a population increase in mobile sheltering and vehicle residence at unprecedented levels.”

According to estimates reported by USA Today, nearly 1 in 500

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