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January 17, 2021
HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE LIVE WEEKLY UPDATE – January 17, 2021
We begin tonight’s live broadcast with the top homeless news stories from this past week:
A report shows that support for AB-71, the “Bring California Home Act,” is growing among elected officials across the state. This legislation is designed to provide housing and other related services to tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in California.
Sacramento’s Mayor, Darrel Steinberg, announced the first step in his master plan to end homelessness in the city. Steinberg wants to move persons experiencing homelessness off of the streets as quickly as possible by providing apartment units, more shelters and 60 tiny home shelters within the first 30 days.
And, homeless deaths have been increasing in California. Many of the deaths are contributed to drug overdoses from street drugs that are being laced with Fentanyl, which is sometimes 60 times more powerful than heroin. We have a story from Los Angeles and a 2 minute video from CNN that tells about Fentanyl testing.
After our homeless news coverage of the past week, we will continue with January’s topic “Homelessness and the Opioid Epidemic.”
Our special guest is Haven Wheelock from Outside-In, a Portland, Oregon-area nonprofit that provides a number of services and programs to Portland’s street homeless struggling with addictions. Haven is an expert in harm reduction and she is the coordinator of one of the first needle exchange programs in the nation and the first to be publicly funded. Haven will also share her knowledge and expertise pertaining to fentanyl strip testing and how the program has saved lives in Portland.
Afterwards, chat will be active for any comments or suggestions.
This is an extremely important episode of HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE LIVE WEEKLY UPDATE and you will not want to miss it.
“If testing street drugs for the presence of fentanyl is saving lives of persons that struggle with homelessness and opioid addiction in Portland, Oregon, then fentanyl testing is capable of saving lives in California as well.”
I don’t know if this testing street drugs for fentanyl is even practiced anywhere in California. I never heard anything about fentanyl testing until I traveled to Portland in 2018 to film a documentary.
In 2020, many jurisdictions experienced record numbers of homeless deaths and fentanyl is being blamed for many of those deaths. As homeless advocates, why would we not at least look further into the possibilities of bringing such a life-saving measure to California and providing access to programs that provide fentanyl testing and also provide greater access to Naloxone which reverses the effects of overdosing on opioids?
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