The Street Medicine team provides health care services to the homeless and unsheltered populations in the Coachella Valley. (Photo: Courtesy CSUSB)

The $150 million Project Roomkey program was launched during the spring in a frantic bid to keep at least some of California’s massive numbers of homeless safer from COVID-19 by sheltering them in hotel rooms. Some seven months later, the program is winding down and thousands of those who benefited from months off the streets face a return to that condition, just as the pandemic is surging across the nation.

While there have been glimmers of hope that emerged from this effort, overall it seems this was another well-intentioned experiment that fell far short of what truly was needed when it comes to changing the trajectory of life for too many fellow Californians who have no roof