homeless

3:59pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Memorializing San Francisco’s homeless

Reverend Lyle Beckman and other faith leaders prepare for the memorial
Laura Flynn

The memorial

About a hundred people have gathered in a circle at Civic Center Plaza, a park at the footsteps of San Francisco’s City Hall. Holding lit candles, the crowd huddles closely together.

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12:19pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

Street poets come together at 16th and Mission

Poets share stories outside a Mission District BART station in San Francisco
Tonny Villarreal

Note: This article contains language some readers may find offensive.

Usually, people who emerge from the 16th Street BART Station in San Francisco are greeted by men and women slumped over shopping carts, by panhandlers, and by the cacophony of traffic. But late on Thursday nights, BART passengers stride into the sounds of poetry. For over a decade, poets, musicians, and comedians have been meeting outside the station.

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5:36pm

Wed September 3, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Why are elderly homeless sleeping in chairs at night?

Leila Day

 

If you walk upstairs from the kitchen at Mother Brown’s drop-in center in the evening, you’ll find dozens of people sleeping in chairs. During the day, Mother Brown’s serves home-cooked meals to the homeless in San Francisco’s Bayview district. There are over a thousand people without homes in Bayview -- the second-highest homeless population in the city. But there’s not one shelter. So for more than a decade, Mother Brown’s has been offering chairs. Now they want to offer beds.

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5:27pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Transportation

Finding a home on Hotel 22

Elizabeth Garber talks to the bus driver at the Palo Alto Transit Center
Isabel Angell

I’m on the Valley Transportation Authority’s Line 22 bus somewhere between East San Jose and Palo Alto. It’s 2:30 a.m., and it’s raining. I start a conversation with a man sitting down, and ask him if he’s heard the nickname for the bus.

“Yeah, well there's the Motel 22 or Hotel 22. That's the big one I've heard.”

I ask him what he calls the bus.

“I call it home.”

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5:36pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Supervisor Mark Farrell on fighting homelessness

San Francisco  spends about $165 million each year on homeless services, according to a report requested by city Supervisor Mark Farrell. In an attempt to understand the cost effectiveness of those programs, Supervisor Farrell organized a series of eight hearings this spring, focused on homeless services in San Francisco. Farrell sat down with KALW's Ben Trefny to talk about what came out of those hearings.

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