Presentation Title

How Covid-19 Has Affected Homeless Populations in Japan

Presenter Information

Erica BurnsFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Homelessness, Japan, Covid-19

Biography

Erica Burns is a Yeager scholar double majoring in Statistics and Japanese.

Major

Statistics, Japanese

Advisor for this project

Zelideth Rivas

Start Date

22-4-2021 12:15 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to see how Covid-19 has changed homeless persons’ lives in Japan and possible solutions to the new problems that have arisen. Common ways of preventing spread of Covid-19, such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and avoiding groups are not accessible to the homeless. Temporary housing like 24-hour internet cafes and homeless shelters are at limited hours and/or capacity, leaving many with no shelter. Soup kitchens have shut down out of fear of transmission. I compare homelessness pre- and post-pandemic in Japan in terms of the rates of homelessness, what new problems have arisen, and how aid methods should be changed.

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Apr 22nd, 12:15 PM

How Covid-19 Has Affected Homeless Populations in Japan

The purpose of this paper is to see how Covid-19 has changed homeless persons’ lives in Japan and possible solutions to the new problems that have arisen. Common ways of preventing spread of Covid-19, such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and avoiding groups are not accessible to the homeless. Temporary housing like 24-hour internet cafes and homeless shelters are at limited hours and/or capacity, leaving many with no shelter. Soup kitchens have shut down out of fear of transmission. I compare homelessness pre- and post-pandemic in Japan in terms of the rates of homelessness, what new problems have arisen, and how aid methods should be changed.