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Addressing Coronavirus Concerns Among Boise's Homeless Population

Cooper Court, a former tent city in Boise
Kyle Green
Idaho Statesman


When it comes to the populations most vulnerable to the coronavirus, people experiencing homelessness have a lot to worry about. 

How does someone shelter in place without a home? How do you maintain social distancing in a dormitory-style shelter? They might sleep in a different shelter each night, and many have underlying conditions that compromise their health. In other western cities like Denver, there’s been a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases among their homeless population. So how is Idaho’s capital city coping with the crisis? 

Joining Idaho Matters remotely to help us understand more is Jodi Peterson-Stigers of Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise.


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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!