In a press conference following the first COVID-19 death in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom condemns price gauging on necessary medical and safety items such as hand sanitizer. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)

Podcast: Coronavirus and the Housing Crisis

Back CalMatters Mar 31, 2020 By Matt Levin

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As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis,” CalMatters’ Matt Levin and the Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon discuss how the state’s housing woes are complicating California’s response to the virus from homelessness to evictions.

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NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an “eviction moratorium,” many tenant groups and state lawmakers have disputed that characterization, arguing the governor has not done enough to protect vulnerable renters. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics.

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