Carlos, 51, stands in the courtyard of the Dolores Street Shelter for adults in San Francisco. Carlos found it hard to afford housing in the city while only working off gig work. During the pandemic, the shelter will not allow Carlos to leave for his gig work since he could put the rest of the shelter at risk of getting the virus, so he is not allowed to work at all. He doesnât fall into the age first priority bracket to get a hotel room so he is stuck at the shelter every day until the pandemic subsides. Carlos, 51, moved here three years ago to be with his family from Mexico and lives at the Dolores Street Shelter after he couldn't find affordable housing. Normally Carlos works 3-5 days a week doing freelance contract work for the city of San Francisco but right now he is not working at all. In order to live at the shelter during the pandemic the shelter has made rules for their guests to keep everyone safe. One of the rules is that if you don't have a âone-office 9-5pm jobâ, and you're going to different locations for work every day, you must stay âsheltered in placeâ to keep the virus from spreading to the other residents. Carlos also didn't fall into the first priority category of residents to get their own hotel room offered by the city so he is âstuck in limboâ. Carlos says, â Itâs in my nature to work, at the core of being a human to work and help feed my family but right now I canât work â so to keep mentally healthy, I stay in communication with family and practice my religion daily.â As of May, the Dolores Street Shelter whittled their residents down from 108 to 47 people. April 21, 2020.