What is the role of art in gentrification and displacement?

Time and space work together to both reveal and obscure communities and cultures at work. Today, our world-class art museums sit at the intersection of the Financial District, the Tenderloin, the city’s most dense retail area, and the Filipino Cultural Heritage District. Each community and neighborhood is populated by individuals with diverse values, beliefs, and histories. Often, they are seen to outsiders as a monolith or singular entity with a unified voice. Entering into each space,


What the Arts Can Do to Fight Gentrification

Betty Marín, Heather M. O’Brien, and Christina Sanchez Juarez met through organizing work in Los Angeles. Their conversations began in a group called School of Echoes, which operates as an open listening process of community-based research, popular education, and organizing to generate experiments in political action. In 2015, the group joined with other tenants in struggle to form the Los Angeles Tenants Union / Sindicato de Inquilinos de Los Ángeles. LATU/SILA is a membership-based,


Evicted by SFMTA: When living in your car is illegal

When your car is your home, SFMTA becomes your landlord. 

The following is a public comment statement by Melodie, a woman who lives in her vehicle, in regards to SFMTA’s Engineering hearing on Friday, August 4, 2017 regarding the establishment of new tow-away zones: Specifically, on the east side Jerrold Avenue between Barneveld and Bayshore and on the west side of Barneveld Avenue between McKinnon and Jerrold Avenues. The former would be no stopping anytime,


[Poem] what will they say about me when i’m gone?

what will they say about me when i’m gone?

will i be a peaceful innocent? wrong place wrong time? victim of circumstance?

or a casualty in the culture war who tempted death with his extreme views and political


will i have gotten what i deserved, at a stranger’s hands? at the end of the pole on the hood of a car at knifepoint with a bullet in my back

consider this a will.


SB 185 Passes, Reduces Burden of Unfair Fines and Fees

In 2014, San Francisco police issued over 11,000 quality of life citations under current California state law, according to a 2015 report by the Coalition on Homelessness. The report also stated that 62 percent of all citations went unpaid. These unpaid citations place a myriad of burdens upon poor people. Unpaid fines are sent to collections agencies, ruining credit scores and placing barriers on people searching for housing and employment. But until recently,


How Accessible are Feminine Hygiene Products in SF?

The past couple of years have brought immense attention to the inaccessibility of  feminine hygiene products in our country. In an effort to make these products more available for those who need it most, activists and legislators have fought to ban the tampon tax that many states still impose. A total of 12 states currently do not tax citizens for purchasing products like pads and tampons. To Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s despair, California is not one of them.


Resistance: The Meaning of Black August

“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity and your love in revolution.”

― George L. Jackson

Unlike the so-called Black History Month, a month that celebrates commercialism and a sanitized version of the history of decedents of the Afrikan holocaust,


Meet Your Vendor: Jeffrey Chambers

Jeffrey Chambers has been a vendor for the Street Sheet for the 16 years he has lived in San Francisco. It’s the only job he’s ever had here. He never really felt that he needed to do anything else. He lives with his wife in a townhouse on Treasure Island that they’ve had for nine years. Together they have three sons — ages 12, 13 and 15 — but they are living with their grandmother temporarily in Stockton.


For LGBTQ+ homeless community, shelter system can be a nightmare

The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and other identifications) community faces various forms of discrimination everyday.  Even in SanFrancisco, a city which many assume to be the most liberal, those who identify as LGBTQ+ are faced with homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of intolerance.  On August 11, 2016, the San Francisco LGBT Center was attacked, as an individual proceeded to shout homophobic slurs and shatter the building’s glass exterior with a metal pipe.


Fundraiser for COHSF – August 12, 2017 at the Roxie Theater!

We are excited to present an upcoming benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness at the historic Roxie Theater! Mark your calendars for this special occasion: Saturday, August 12 at 1:30pm. Details below.


(NOT) IN MY BACKYARD is an evening of local documentary short films on San Francisco’s housing crisis, followed by a panel from the Homeless Speakers Bureau.