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• As wildfires burn out of control, they are impacting the California's other crisis — the growing number of people living on the streets, reports The Atlantic.
• What are aid groups and volunteers doing to protect their homeless during disasters? If climate change and income inequality continue unchecked, how much worse will the problem get?
• Here's how donors can help those impacted by the California wildfires.
The deadliest fire in California’s history continues to burn, and San Francisco is filled with smoke and ash. On Tuesday, for the fifth day in a row, air throughout Northern California contained high amounts of fine-particulate-matter pollution, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District warnedthat the air was unhealthy for everyone. “The public should limit outdoor activity as much as possible,” the agency said Monday, urging residents to stay inside with their windows and doors closed.
But for San Francisco’s thousands of homeless people, this warning is impossible to follow. Despite an initiative passed on November 6 to tax large businesses to fund homeless services and news that the CEO of Twilio had donated $1 million to fund homeless services until the tax kicks in, thousands of people still have nowhere to go in San Francisco on any given night. As the number and deadliness of fires grows in California, the population of people negatively impacted by the air quality is growing, too.
Read the full article on how the California wildfires are affecting the homeless by Alana Semuels and Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic.