A pandemic, extreme weather, and new city mandates create a perfect storm for thousands of people without a place to call home.

By Camille Wheeler
Photos by Camille Wheeler


Using her skills as a trapeze artist, Erin Carey became a wildland firefighter to give back to her community.

By Nic Coury

Housing, Mental Health, Pandemic Profiles, Public Safety

Teachers in Appalachia face additional hardships during the pandemic, as districts push for in-person learning.

By Jessica Salfia

COVID-19, Education, Health, Opinion, Public Safety, Work

For too long, state and local governments have improperly equated public safety with law enforcement.

By Abena Subira Mackall

Mental Health, Opinion, Public Safety, Racial equality

The East Oakland Collective activates its city-wide network to support at-risk and underserved communities through the pandemic.

By Martin do Nascimento and Cecily Sailer

COVID-19, Food Security, Housing, Racial equality

Senior police officer Kat Ratcliff responds to more calls, more restrictions, and more risk as she serves her community during the pandemic.

By Kelly West

COVID-19, Health, Pandemic Profiles, Work