If you really want to know how our local economy is doing, look no further than the nearest homeless shelter. Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty oversees homelessness in the city, and he says these days, San Francisco’s roughly 1,150 beds are nearly full each night. Advocates say there’s been a sharp increase in homeless seniors, especially women. It was rare to see this population on the streets a few decades ago, but now service providers say it seems to be the norm.
KALW's new community storytelling team Hear Here has been popping up all over San Francisco and Oakland to capture real life stories of people living in different neighborhoods. They've met residents of all ages and backgrounds, and together, their stories create a human portrait of these two Bay Area cities.
In June, the Hear Here producers met Oakland native Barbara Lindsey at the Temescal Library. At the time of the recording, Lindsey was living out of her car, and she shared her thoughts on what it's like to survive on the streets of the town she grew up in.