Imperial County’s homeless population totals just over 1,400 based on a count last year, and fewer than 200 of those in the tally had any kind of shelter. With the new threat of COVID-19, nonprofit leaders and others in the county worry the virus could easily spread through the homeless community.
That’s why Maribel Padilla, co-founder of the Brown Bag Coalition, pushed county officials to provide portable hand-washing stations at Calexico’s Border Friendship Park, where her group serves nightly meals to the homeless. She and other volunteers say maintaining basic hygiene is still a struggle for the many homeless who have nowhere to shelter.
These photos taken in Calexico on Tuesday capture how the area's homeless are being helped.
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