homelessness

Adventist Health

Staying healthy is a major challenge for people living without proper shelter, most of whom are indigent, have no health insurance and cannot qualify for Medi-Cal for lack of a fixed address. Research shows that getting indigent people into primary care can significantly improve their state of health, improve their chances of overcoming homelessness, and reduce the rate at which they present at hospital emergency rooms with acute illnesses.

Thursdays at 1:30! Created and produced by Sarah Reith of KZYX news, a new short series featuring voices of homeless and recently homeless people living in our county. This eight-part series explores the experiences of Mendocino Counties homeless and recently homeless. Much is said about them, but we don't often hear from them about where they sleep, what threatens them, how they feed themselves, and the challenges and obstacles they face. This show began with a 30 minute pilot about the recommendations of Dr Marbut, a consultant hired by the county to advise on how to manage homelessness.

Jeffrey Parker

Just days before the 7 November election, KZYX Politics: A Love Story host Bob Bushansky on Friday 3 November interviewed Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman about Measure B, the local initiative to fund a mental health facility in Mendocino County. Sheriff Allman spoke in favor of Measure B. KZYX invited Measure B opponents to join the show, but none accepted. 

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In 2016, Sheriff Allman promoted a similar measure, but it failed at the ballot box, losing by 165 votes.

Mendocino County has the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the nation, an uncomfortable statistic. Take a listen for more details.