Homelessness

5:57pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

San Jose dismantles the Jungle

An abandoned shelter in the Jungle. You can see a shelf with ceramic ducks, carpeting, and welcome sign.
Isabel Angell

Crews dismantled a large homeless encampment in San Jose Thursday. Called the “Jungle,” it’s thought to be the biggest homeless camp in the country. The camp was home to up to three hundred people who occupied over sixty acres of a park along a creek bed. But San Jose has been under pressure from different agencies who say the Jungle is polluting the creek.

Early Thursday morning, Tamara Cockrell walked away from the Jungle, pushing a shopping cart piled high with all her belongings.

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2:54pm

Fri September 12, 2014
City Visions: September 15, 2014

City Visions: Conversation with HOPE Chief Bevan Dufty

City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with Bevan Dufty, Director of Housing Opportunities, Partnerships and Engagement, about what his office is doing to enhance homeless services -- and the complex challenges that persist in helping people to leave the streets.

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San Francisco’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness: Anniversary Report 2004 to 2014

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5:27pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Homeless hackers head to Noisebridge for shelter

Chris Zapata shows a guest around Noisebridge

    

Every day, more than two dozen people pass through a hackerspace in San Francisco’s Mission district called Noisebridge. At its broadest, “hackerspace” means a place where people can create and make things better. In practice, that often means computer programming. 

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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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7:00pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Indoors Again, After Years on the Albany Bulb

Doris Sanchez in her new living room.
Credit Mary Rees

Last fall we reported on the impromptu community that grew up on a spit of land in the East Bay known as the Albany Bulb. Homeless people put up tents and wooden sheds all over a grassy former landfill with gorgeous views of the Bay.

Bulb campers said that even though they didn’t have conventional houses, they did have a group of people that took care of one another, shared meals, and hauled water together.

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