Coronavirus in Florida podcast: How homeless shelters cope with COVID-19

Sheltering in place proves tough without a home
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Austin Fast ]
Published July 16, 2020

Florida boasts the third-highest number of people experiencing homelessness in the country: 28,328 according to last year’s estimate. Many of these Floridians sleep unsheltered on the streets, in cars or in parks while an estimated 16,000 stay in homeless shelters.

Keith Wilkinson, 63, never expected to be among them. Spring training quickly fell victim to coronavirus, and with it his job at the New York Yankees Training Camp. He got evicted not long after. Meet Wilkinson in the player below, and tag along as host Austin Fast visits two Pinellas County homeless shelters to see how they’re battling the dual crises of homelessness and COVID-19.

If your browser isn’t displaying the episode player, you can listen here. Guests appearing in this episode include Danielle Husband of Pinellas Hope, Michael Raposa of St. Vincent de Paul CARES, and Susan Myers of the Homeless Leadership Alliance of Pinellas.

Worried about how to pay rent or utilities? Call 2-1-1 or visit Outside the Tampa Bay Area? Find your county’s homeless services providers at the Florida Coalition to End Homelessness website.

We don’t have a set schedule for our Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will continue to publish more episodes. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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