Celebrating 30 Years of Street Sheet

We are so excited to kick off our 30 Year Anniversary with this issue, featuring reflections from former and current writers, contributors, vendors, and editors.

And we are SO honored to finally release to you this incredible image created by local artist Alejandro in honor of this special anniversary!

Artwork by Alejandro (they/them)
web: aledelacosta.net
ig: @aledelacosta

This image celebrates the thousands of people like yourselves who have donated and read the paper,

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Are You Unsafe, Or Just Uncomfortable?

by Quiver Watts

OAKLAND, CA — On October 24, BART’s Board of Directors declined to consider a proposal to formulate a new ordinance that would criminalize people for panhandling or busking on BART platforms or on trains after hearing public comment from a variety of patrons, including a rapper who performs on trains, an ACLU lawyer, a career musician and a human rights organizer for the Coalition on Homelessness.

If the board had decided in favor of a panhandling ban they would have tasked the general manager and staff of the Bay Area-wide transit agency with formulating an ordinance that would make it an infraction to panhandle or perform,

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How I Became a Tree Hugger: SF’s Urban Canopy Crisis

by Zach K.

“Save the 24th St. trees? …Hi, would you like to save the 24th St. trees?”

            A bearded activist in a wheelchair is handing out flyers at the 16th and Mission BART plaza while a pink sunset fades across the skyline.  Passengers scurry past, traveling their daily commute with hive-like purpose and intention.

“The city wants to cut down 48 trees along 24th street…”

Eventually,

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What I Saw at the Homeless Revolution: 30 Years of Street Sheet

By TJ Johnston

Since 2001, I’ve been involved with Street Sheet in some capacity — then as a freelancer, and now as a sort-of managing editor —  but my relationship with the Coalition on Homelessness’s newspaper began long before it printed my first article that year.

I started buying Street Sheet from vendors when I moved to San Francisco in 1994. A friend told me, “That’s the paper homeless people sell for a dollar.” I learned that the vendors keep every penny,

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Sam Lew: Street Sheet Editor 2016-2017

Sam surrounded by many of the Street Sheet team.

What were the key issues homeless people in San Francisco faced during your time as editor?

The same ones that they are always facing: Folks were dealing with a lack of affordable housing the midst of the criminalization of homelessness. In 2016, criminalization manifested itself in then-Supervisor Mark Farrell’s Prop Q, the anti-tent ban. We ended up printing 50,000 Street Sheet-style papers agains Prop Q and included it in our campaign against the measure.

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Waverly Walton

Street Sheet Vendor 1996-2019

I done went through a lot of people in this office. The only person who was here when I first started was Miguel, he’s the only one. And he used to be the Street Sheet person we got papers from. When you came in, he would be sitting at the front desk. I’m a retired veteran so this keeps me busy. It helps individuals that needs help, it gives you a motivation to do your work you know,

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Interview with Matthew Gerring, Street Sheet editor from 2013-2015

What were the key issues homeless people in San Francisco faced during your time as editor?

San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage was reaching crisis levels right at this time, and the Board of Supervisors also created the strategy of using “oversize vehicle bans” as a loophole to clear the streets of vehicularly housed people, as the existing ban on dwelling in a vehicle was unenforceable and, in one instance in Los Angeles,

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We Also Publish the Street Sheet

Man with shoulder-length hair wearing a shirt that read "Homeless Bill of Rights"

by Paul Boden, Coalition on Homelessness co-founder

Giving people the voice of our community and educating the public to respect ALL people’s Human Rights pretty much sums up what the Street Sheet means to me, and what I recall us talking about in the office when we started the paper up. While our desire to put out the paper came largely through our incredible frustration with how we and our issues are defined in the mainstream media our goal with the paper was/is always will be to show our creative talents,

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Anti-Price Gouging Law

California fires

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in effect statewide due to wildfires blazing through the North Bay. Charging more than 10% more than an item was previously sold for is known as price gouging, and during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396.

“Families in California are in the midst of dealing with devastating wildfires.

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Pregnant People to be Prioritized for Shelter and Housing

In San Francisco, all pregnant people should be prioritized for shelter and housing.

We are health professionals at UCSF and we recently asked you to help us guarantee this. We are pleased to report that on Friday, October 18, London Breed signed into agreement that all pregnant people who are unhoused will qualify for family status in access to shelter and housing. Previously, only pregnant people in their third trimester were eligible. This policy change has the potential to prevent poor health outcomes for pregnant people and their future children.

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