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2017
August 29, 2017
“All I need is a piano, a house, and a toaster oven.” Denny
In my early twenties, I had lived in New York for two years when a friend of mine invited me to go to San Francisco. We would just be there for a couple of weeks, but when we got there, I was so broke that I didn’t have enough money to go back with him.
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August 27, 2017
For those living on the streets in SF, pets often take priority
A slobbery tongue wagged out of the mouth of a German shepherd pitbull mix as she reached up to give her owner face kisses for a post-breakfast dessert. Clink, clank. Coins sporadically hit the jar at Tink’s feet, as passersby smiled down at her dog.
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June 2, 2017
“It’s been 25 years of running away. Now I want to finish this.”
I’m 50 years old. Everything that has happened in my life until now is because I chose to do it. I can’t blame nobody but myself for the way my life is now.
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May 24, 2017
SF’s newest Navigation Center opens in Dogpatch neighborhood
Anita Robertson says she’s long wanted to move in off the street, but she had no idea how to get there. On Wednesday, as she sat under the blue tarp she was using as a shelter just off Third Street south of AT&T Park, she felt a glimmer of hope.
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2016
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.
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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.
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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...
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November 9, 2016
Finding Home
"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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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