December 7, 2016
No easy path to ending tent cities
The foggy dampness had soaked through her tent. Again. The night chill had bit into her thin sleeping bag. Again. Outside her tent, a couple of neighbors had fought it out over a heroin baggie. Again.
December 5, 2016
Supportive housing contrast: old Crosby, new Bishop Swing
The kinds of health and safety problems that can arise in the century-old SROs used as supportive housing for San Francisco are all but nonexistent in the city’s new large-scale complexes built from the ground up.
November 20, 2016
Churches open doors to SF homeless in winter shelter program
Dozens of additional homeless residents of San Francisco will be able to get out of the rain and cold after the city’s faith community came together Sunday, opened church doors and began cooking meals for the needy. The winter shelter program, for which volunteers from 40 local congregations cook and serve two meals a day, got under way just in time...
November 9, 2016
"The kitchen saved my life and I’ve seen it save other people." -Chef Phoebe Sanders. From 2005 to 2007, I ran the Community Kitchen Program at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We produced 2,500 meals a day for kids in after-school programs. The kitchen also functioned as a twelve-week culinary training program for...
October 26, 2016
Pop-up clothing store designed to give homeless San Franciscans choice, respect
A clothing store will pop up in San Francisco on Friday, giving homeless people the opportunity to freely shop for those things they need, whether it's a warm coat for winter or a new pair of shoes.
October 17, 2016
Yes, You Can Vote If You Are Homeless
Billy Cunningham has been eligible to cast a ballot almost as long as he’s lived in San Francisco...The thing is, though: He hasn’t voted. Not even the chance to vote for America’s first black president could move him.
July 2, 2016
Restaurants finding workers among the disadvantaged
It takes just a few minutes with him to understand why Keith Corbin was appointed corporate kitchen manager at Locol, helping the company open its new Oakland restaurant a month ago.
June 29, 2016
How The Homeless Vote Could Impact This November’s Elections
“Last year was the first time that I voted in my life,” said Billy, a middle-age man who has spent the majority of his life in jail. “I have a current address, in an SRO, but I don’t really consider this permanent housing.”
June 29, 2016
Manny. 73 years old.
Manny’s skin is dark and leather-like, his eyes not quite focused. I wonder if these are the aftereffects of the napalm accident he endured while in Vietnam.
When Manny first began attending the Episcopal Community Services’ breakfast meetings, he explained that he had been in-and-out of shelters for years while trying to secure permanent housing on his own.
June 29, 2016
Monroe the Gardener's Journey From Homeless to SRO
I’d met Monroe at Episcopal Community Services’ Tuesday breakfast support group for homeless seniors. He came by a couple of times a month with a toothless grin on his face, telling animated, long-winded stories about his childhood in Mississippi.
June 27, 2016
Homeless and illiterate: a San Franciscan's struggle
The words started to look the same, so Edward rubbed his eyes and stared at the classroom ceiling. "This is the hardest thing I've ever done," he said, ruffling his gray ponytail before looking down at the desk. Eight words spelled out on cards stared back at him.
March 24, 2016
Navigating a path from homelessness to housing in San Francisco
Renay Nonog does not have a bed. She decided to get a futon instead. Every morning she folds the futon into a couch and tucks away her blankets. This way visitors like me have somewhere to sit. Nonog likes guests, but she is not used to welcoming them into her home. This is the first one she has had in six years.
March 4, 2016
Fast-aging homeless population may lead to public health crisis
As San Francisco’s city officials grapple with how to get a handle on the burgeoning homeless population — the Division Street camp was there for months before it was finally cleared out, after all — one UCSF scientist who studies the population warns there’s another public health crisis looming.
January 20, 2016
As rain comes down, more S.F. homeless shelters open up
The deluges that have been denting the drought are good news to just about everyone except the drenched homeless, but a bit of relief is finally cracking open for them — coincidentally, city officials say, right around the time the Super Bowl comes to town.