Homelessness

4:00pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Dozens in Albany homeless encampment prepare for clearout

Dan Paul with his sculpture. Paul and the other Bulb residents face eviction soon.
Photo by Mary Rees.


On the west side of the city of Albany, there’s a peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay. It’s beautiful there, right on the water, with hiking trails and beaches looking directly out toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On that piece of land, there’s a broad hilly mound covered in brush, grass, trees, scattered concrete slabs, and rebar that’s come to be known as the Albany Bulb.

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3:52pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Politics

Addressing chronic homelessness with permanent supportive housing

Veterans Commons resident Jesse Breedwolf, 74.
Liz Pfeffer


California has the largest concentration of homeless veterans in the nation, and in San Francisco, it’s likely that more than 700 homeless vets will sleep on the street or in shelters this Veterans Day. 

According to Bevan Dufty, director of San Francisco’s Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) program, housing homeless veterans is a high priority for the city. And the number of homeless veterans has decreased since last year, thanks in part to the opening of a permanent supportive housing facility called Veterans Commons.

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4:19pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

San Francisco's supervisors to consider closing city's parks at night

A sign on an entrance to Golden Gate Park. The new proposal would be a citywide night time closure, and make it easier to enforce night time park closures.
Mary Willis

On Tuesday, San Francisco supervisors will consider legislation to close the city’s parks overnight. If passed, no one will be allowed in parks run by the city's recreation department between midnight and 5am.

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7:47pm

Mon August 26, 2013
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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5:40pm

Tue July 23, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

The real value of a free haircut

Under CC license from Flickr user Mr T. in DC

About 3,000 homeless people live in Oakland. Their challenges include finding places to stay, food to eat, and something else that many people take for granted: self-care. Simple things like a shower or a haircut. If you don’t have a home, where do you go to clean up?  Sometimes, a sink in a public bathroom is the best you can find.

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