homelessness

"Home is where the heart is" by darwin Bell, used under CC license BY-NC 2.0 / Image modified

 

Though it may not always make the headlines, Santa Clara County has the ninth biggest homeless population in the United States.

Photo courtesy of flickr user Christina B Castro // Resized and cropped

 

Super Bowl 50 is about to touch down in the Bay Area. While the game is taking place in Santa Clara, San Franciscans will host many of the visiting fans and fanfare. 

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Isabel Angell

In early December 2014, the city of San Jose tore down the Jungle, a homeless encampment thought to be one of the biggest in the country. One of the people evicted from the Jungle was 27-year-old Tami Cockrell. I met her that day as she was pushing a shopping cart away from the Jungle, piled high with everything she owned. She was crying because she couldn’t find her boyfriend.

How hard is it for homeless people to get and retain housing? The City of Albany and some local volunteers are seeing firsthand just how difficult it can be.

From the fall of 2013 through the spring of 2014, KALW’s “Crosscurrents” covered Albany’s official efforts to move people and campsites off the Albany Bulb, a former landfill in the East Bay. In return, the City promised to provide help to residents of the Bulb in finding apartments.

    

KALW's Hear Here community storytelling team met one Oakland resident who lost her job, but found a new way to feed herself.

Trish Richman

There are roughly 6,400 homeless people in San Francisco. According to Laura Guzman, Director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, one of the biggest challenges they face is finding public restrooms.

“I remember when we opened, the conversation was all about poop on the street,” says Guzman.  “We used to talk about ‘poop and needles,’ we call it. But it’s critical that the community understands – if there is no bathroom access, people are going to poop on the streets.”

Nowadays the conversation isn’t about just keeping the sidewalks clean, but how to provide more showers for those without homes. Now one of the cleanest forms of transportation is about to hit the streets.

Tiffany Camhi

Soup kitchens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District feed thousands of homeless and low-income people every day. These free meal sites serve as a vital source of food -- for some, it’s their only meal of the day.


Kyung-Jin Lee

Of the city measures on the ballot yesterday, Berkeley’s Measure S was a nail biter. With only a handful of precincts reporting in, homeless advocates waited anxiously as the initiative held a small but persistent lead.

After midnight, things shifted quickly. The No on S votes gained ground, and by 12:30am, they had a 400 vote lead. Several minutes later, the small crowd exploded in celebration.