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Sat Apr 4, 2015, 06:04 PM

Growing Number of Oakland Seniors are Homeless

The housing crisis spreads from San Francisco to Berkeley to Oakland, and it primarily impacts seniors and the disabled. The standard "fixed income" is under 1k/month - far below market rate for housing in the Bay Area!

http://oaklandlocal.com/2015/03/growing-number-of-oakland-seniors-are-homeless/

I love how this article underscores how homelessness exacerbates health problems and disabilities, which just makes it all the more difficult to climb back out of homelessness. Earlier today another DU person mentioned that the current line of thinking of treatment for PTSD is to stabilize housing first. I would add facing homelessness and attempting to survive homelessness inflicts PTSD in the first place. The current social services infrastructure treats food as basic, but stable housing and a position of normalcy to pivot from is just as basic.

Here is an additional reminder of the 800,000+ people living in poverty in the Bay Area...

http://siliconvalleyindicators.org/pdf/poverty-brief-2015-03.pdf

...while Mayor Bates of Berkeley builds $6000/month shoebox condos, hoots at black flight, and dances on the graves of those who couldn't hold out long enough for a regime change.

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