178: Homelessness in the Time of COVID-19

We’ve all been told to stay at home but, for the 2 million Americans experiencing homelessness each year, that’s not an option. For them, shelter in place choices put them between a rock and a hard place, with no clearly safe choice.  Despite representing 13% of the U.S. population, Black Americans represent 40% of the population experiencing homelessness.

Among the nation’s racial and ethnic groups, Black Americans have the highest rate of homelessness. Fifty-four out of every 10,000 Black people in the United States were homeless during the 2018 point-in-time count (EndHomelessness.org 2018 Report)

Dan Treglia, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, describes the threat facing this vulnerable population and outlines the urgent steps our leaders must take to protect them.  Want to learn more and learn how you can make a difference? Check out Dan’s video here.

About Dan

Dan Treglia is a Postdoctoral Fellow and an incoming Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.  He also serves as Whole Whale’s Research & Evaluation Whaler and is a Senior Research Fellow with the United for ALICE Project.  Dan’s work addresses endemic social problems like homelessness and income inequality by combining rigorous research with experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. He has a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.