Since the start of the stay-at-home order more than 6 months ago, I’ve noticed a large homeless encampment on Wolfe Road, marked by blue tarp, bikes, and trash bags.
In addition to already-existing issues of food insecurity, the homeless are now faced with new predicaments: COVID-19 and poor air quality. Without access to reliable health care and testing centers, their lives are in jeopardy. I’ve become acutely aware of the struggles they face, a world of hardship, pain, and suffering that is challenging to even imagine.
I’m hopeful, however, that we can use the next few months to develop affordable housing solutions. Living in Silicon Valley, a hub for innovation and technological ingenuity, I think we have a responsibility to use our collective talent for social good, creating opportunities for the less fortunate.