Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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7:02pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Squatting with a cause

Under CC License by Michael Cuffe http://www.flickr.com/photos/warholian/4549299811/

Just after midnight in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, two men smoke cigarettes outside the gate of an abandoned school. They’re waiting for the right moment to break in.

“We’re looking to gain entry to a long-vacant private commercial building that’s been vacant at least four years,” says Matt Crain. “Tonight what we’re going to do is just go in through the back. I’m going to pick a padlock that’s on a side gate of the place, and if that goes smoothly then we’ll proceed to the back and see if there’s an open door or an open window, and just proceed from there.”

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6:32pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 14, 2012

A conversation with Adam Tatum, research analyst with California Common Sense, about how local cities will find money to pay health benefits; San Francisco's efforts to house 50 homeless veterans in 100 days; the members of Homes Not Jails are willing to risk jail to give shelter to people in need; and local bandFelsen.

6:13pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A veteran's search for a place to call home

Photo by Mariel Waloff

Many San Francisco veterans remain homeless or in transitional housing. Rudy Nevarez, a 66 year-old Vietnam veteran, has been living in transitional housing on Treasure Island for two years. The program, run by Swords to Plowshares, is intended to last two years. After that participants need to find their own housing. Nevarez applied for a HUD-VASH voucher several months ago but was turned down. Swords to Plowshares is letting him stay in the program for an extra 90 days, but then he needs to find another place to live.

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4:52pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Veterans

San Francisco races to house homeless veterans in 100 days

Stephen Hancock reads in his new apartment in San Bruno
Mariel Waloff

Finding an apartment in San Francisco these days is an uphill battle on any kind of budget. Craigslist ads and open houses can provoke hundreds of responses from people ready to compete for their share of the city’s scarce square footage, even at times willing to pay for months of rent in advance. For people without cash, things are a lot harder. Among those who find it most difficult are chronically homeless veterans.

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4:38pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Searching for redemption without resources for self-improvement

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

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