Homelessness

Stories Behind the Fog: Briana

Oct 5, 2017
Stories Behind the Fog

Briana Johnson was homeless and struggling to remain in school. When she found the Life Learning Academy, fellow students gave her shelter and Principal Teri Delane helped her through difficult years. Briana spoke to Stories Behind the Fog's Arjanna van der Plas about her time there.

Stories Behind the Fog: Cherri

Oct 4, 2017
Stories Behind The Fog

 

After 23 years in prison, Cherri Frazier moved into a halfway house in San Francisco.

Stories Behind the Fog: Nieves

Oct 3, 2017
Jonath Mathew, resized and recropped

 

Nieves Moreno grew up in Chicago and was homeless from 1969 to 1989. He shared his story with Arjanna Vander Plas and Maria Muzas.

Humanizing homelessness, one story at a time

Oct 3, 2017
Brenton Gieser

 

Ariel Plotnick

Safe Time Home Sharing, a new nonprofit organization, is trying to alleviate the homelessness crisis by asking East Bay residents to open their homes, and temporarily donate their extra bedrooms to those in need.

Caring for the homeless and their four-legged friends

Sep 25, 2017
Ramon Johnson

 

This story originally aired in October of 2016. 

 

An effort to keep homeless people safe in Santa Clara County has gone to the dogs. And the occasional cat.

A San Jose shelter now opens its doors to pets, and hosts a free veterinary clinic the last Saturday of each month. The clinic is a partnership with the city’s Animal Care Center.

Sonja Hutson

Oversized-vehicle parking bans are leaving people who sleep in RVs and vans searching for places to park and live, and leaving public officials trying to balance their empathy for those people with public nuisance complaints.

Screenshot of City Council public footage

A year ago, San Jose's homeless advocates were excited by city-approved plans to build the Bay Area’s first "tiny home" villages for homeless people.

Yet now that the city has to pick locations for these proposed villages, objections from nearby residents have become a major stumbling block.

Laura Waxmann, resized and recropped

 

 

Nicole Grigg

 

It wasn’t easy to find at first. The Dogpatch Navigation Center is located on the waterfront, at the end of 25th St. and Michigan, on the southeast side of San Francisco.

Ignacio Munguía / Used under CC / flickr

 

What has changed for San Francisco’s homeless population under the city’s new homeless director Jeff Kositsky?

Courtesy of Dish SF

All week we’ve been airing a series of SRO Stories, profiling the residents of single room occupancy buildings. These residential hotels are the housing of last resort for a lot of people that would otherwise be homeless.

Ariel Messman-Rucker, thestreetspirit.org

 

If you spend time walking around the East Bay, you may have seen a homeless person selling newspapers.

Photo courtesy of flickr user Fabrice Florin: http://bit.ly/2gDBEcy

UCSF is conducting one of the first ongoing studies on the experience of homelessness among adults over 50. It’s called the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age, or HOPE - HOME. 

PHOTO COURTESTY OF DISH SF

The housing of last resort for a lot of people that would otherwise be homeless are SRO’s, or single room occupancy hotels.

Prop Q is about clarifying the city’s policy on homeless tent encampments. Right now, tents and other make-shift shelters often violate a few rules, like sit/lie or public nuisance ordinances and other rules against blocking sidewalks. Prop Q would make them specifically illegal.

Cari Spivack

 

At 8:30 on Monday morning, instead of taking her son Jasper to preschool, Jennine Jacob and her three-year-old set up a tent on the sidewalk in front of San Francisco’s City Hall.

Liza Veale

 

Some homeless advocates in San Francisco are working to make the streets more hospitable for those who are forced to live on them. Proposition Q wants to nullify those efforts, by making encampments specifically illegal.

Lucy kang

 

Lisa Galinis and Laura Sinai are sitting at a folding table with stacks of voter registration cards near the intersection of Turk and Hyde in San Francisco, registering people in the Tenderloin to vote.

 

Glass King, a recycling center in West Oakland that's a source of income and safety net for roughly 400 daily walk-up recyclers, is set to close on August 20th. That is, unless supporters of the center successfully petition the city to withdraw its orders to shut the center down.

The Bridge: Homeless at night

Jul 1, 2016
Kyle Trefny

Bay Area media organizations have put a spotlight on homelessness this week. In this episode, we hear two stories from the KALW newsroom about what it's like to be homeless in the Bay Area at night.

Your Call: Week of coverage on homeless crisis

Jun 30, 2016
Photo: Marc Flores / https://www.flickr.com/photos/marc-flores/9675005118/


On the June 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on San Francisco’s homeless crisis by opening the lines to take your questions for Jeff Kositsky.

by Ben Trefny

Navigation Centers are a new approach in San Francisco to move homeless people into housing. They’re temporary residences designed to connect people with long term housing and social services - without separating them from their partners, pets, or belongings.

 

Being homeless means it's a daily challenge to get your basic needs met: eating, bathing and using the bathroom. For many women, one extra challenge arises every month when they get their period. 

Simply the Basics Facebook page/Resized

Meeting personal hygiene needs are hard when you're living on the street. But a new nonprofit is trying to change that. Simply the Basics launched just last year and is providing homeless shelters and nonprofits with basic hygienic needs like tampons- but also soap, toothpaste, deodorant and other personal care items that help keep people healthy, but also help them live with dignity. It’s called the Hygiene Bank. Meghan Freebeck is founder of Simply the Basics. She spoke with KALW's Hana Baba.

When most people are on their way to sleep, San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Team, or SF HOT, is just beginning its graveyard shift.

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016
"Untitled" by Flickr user Ali Khan. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / cropped and resized

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Matthew Desmond

On the May 13th edition of Your Call, Sociologist Matthew Desmond discusses his new book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” 

Photo cropped and resized with permission from Dan Brekke

 

On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

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