Surveys find that Thousands of Californians are Working while Homeless
It appears that there are several people throughout the state that are working while homeless. A 2017 survey of the homeless population in San Francisco found that 13 percent of the 7,499 homeless people reported having part or full-time employment. In San Diego this year, an estimated 10 percent of the 4,990 people living in the city unsheltered said they were currently working. In Los Angeles County last year, eight percent of the 50,000 homeless people said they were working to some degree, mostly in part-time, seasonal or temporary work. It’s not easy figuring out how many Californians are working while homeless because many try to hide it.
According to Jessica Bartholow, a policy advocate with the Western Center on Law and Poverty, California doesn’t have laws that protect people from being discriminated against based on their housing status. In 2012, Bartholow was one of the advocates pushing a California bill that would have banned discrimination against homeless employees. Rhode Island is currently the only state that defines homelessness as a protected class in the workplace. The issue of people that work while homeless definitely should be looked at more to try and figure out a solution.