Van life for UCSB students, street medicine support, and beauty makeovers for unhoused Angelenos

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UCSB student James Estrada looked for housing near his campus for two weeks but had no luck. Now he plans to live in this newly purchased sprinter van instead. Photo courtesy of James Estrada.

UCSB classes are just two weeks away, and students are using words like “desperate” and “abandoned” to describe their search for housing. Some hope the school can provide motel rooms, while others are planning to live in their cars or quit school altogether. 

More than two dozen street medicine programs in California hope a new state bill will allow them to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal. 

One LA-based nonprofit provides unhoused residents with beauty services like haircuts, hair extensions, fake eyelashes, and makeup.