UnSheltered

Statistically, most people are closer to being homeless than they are to being millionaires. The longer someone is on the streets, the harder it is to escape -- there are too many barriers. There are dozens of nonprofits that provide services to the homeless, but they're a bandage on a gunshot wound. In order to truly solve homelessness, people need to work to remove the institutional barriers that keep people homeless.

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Episode 1: Street Living

Tents along a street in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix.

As volunteers hit the streets to count the numbers of unsheltered homeless in Maricopa County, Unsheltered will delve into why Phoenix has such a problem, what can be done about it, and why it's so hard to fix.

Episode 2: Illness & Incarceration

Carolyn Moore

Once someone ends up homeless, systematic and legal barriers make it exceedingly difficult to escape. A majority of homeless people find themselves involved with law enforcement, and managing a chronic medical condition is complicated by the realities of life on the streets. With a criminal record or a chronic illness, finding stable housing becomes nearly impossible.

 

Episode 3: Improvise: Homeless During Crisis

It's safe to argue that the COVID-19 pandemic is a disaster. And the way we prepare for, respond to and discuss disasters in the United States often excludes the homeless and poor - to their detriment. From emergency shelter to relief and recovery, disaster response isn't designed to include the homeless.