Artwork from the Alameda County Youth Advisory Board

In honor of National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness and Prevention Month

Housing is a Human Right by Jace

Long Way Home by Tammy Nguyen

How Are We To Live (Haiku) by Isaac Lira

Flip It! by Anonymous

Blessings Come Down by Adonnia Gray

Covenant House by Ray Corona


From Foster Care to Activism

by Sabrina Abong

My name is Sabrina Catherine Abong. I am 26, a homeowner, a single mom, and a Tesla worker. I want to create systemic change. I first entered foster care when I was 3 years old and re-entered care between the ages of 13 to 21. During my time in care, it was rough going to different homes and high schools. I’ve had the opportunity to have my biological parents come back,


The Tenderloin

by Dawn Starr

When you search for “Tenderloin” on Wikipedia, you get an article about high levels of crime, particularly street crime such as robbery and aggravated assault. 

That is not only untrue, but an insult to my community, which includes doctors and nurses in our medical clinics, teachers and students in our schools, small business owners, police departments, fire departments, and many other important institutions. Beautiful churches with long-robed priests and nuns walking with large wooden crosses,


Where Are They Supposed to Go?

Man pulling a wagon near RV site in Oakland, CA

by Yolanda Catzalco

First, let it be clear: Because of the current economic system we live under, the choice of how to live should be ours, not the government’s.

Rents are skyrocketing, as documented by countless local and statewide surveys, such as one that found that over 50% of unhoused seniors in California were receiving an average of $960 a month and lost their housing. Once seniors are unhoused,


Homelessness in SF

by Medusa/Bianca

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I had always been captivated by the city of San FranciscoI dreamed of one day living in a bustling metropolis. After graduating from college, I finally had my chance:. I landed a job in San Francisco and moved to the city, full of excitement and hope. My first few months in San Francisco were everything I had hoped for. I explored the city’s vibrant neighborhoods,


Raising Awareness Through Art: Interview with Art Hazelwood

by Vilnius Walker

The growth of awareness-driven social justice campaigns, especially in social media, makes one thing clear: Tapping into communities’ understanding and involvement in local and global issues can be just as powerful as fundraising. 

In California and elsewhere in the U.S., government underfunding and inaction has failed to address the core issues that drive homelessness: low wages, unaffordable housing and a lack of poverty services. 

Of course,


The Biggest Survey of Homeless Californians in Decades Shows Why So Many Are on the Streets

by Marisa Kendall, CalMatters

Losing income is the No. 1 reason Californians end up homeless—and the vast majority of them say a subsidy of as little as $300 a month could have kept them off the streets.

That’s according to a new study out of UC San Francisco that provides the most comprehensive look yet at California’s homeless crisis.

In the six months prior to becoming homeless,


Transformation/ Transformacion

by Homefulness Resident/Formerly Homeless Poverty Scholar Israel Muñoz

learn more about Homefulness here:


Hoy, como todos, sigo con la lucha de cada día. Dejar el alcohol y con la ayuda de la gente que tuve la suerte de conocer a través de otra persona. Una persona con la que tuve el honor de compartir y aprender cosas que no se enseñan en la escuela,


Homefulness is like Heaven 

by Amir, DeeColonize Academy 

Learn more about homefulness here:

Homefulness is a community launched by Dee and Tiny Garcia. Homefulness is a safe place for people of color that could join us in the movement to free Mama Earth along with all of our Po Uncles, Aunties, Grandmas and Grandpas. I study at Deecolonize Academy – a school at Homefulness in East Oakland. 

Homefulness is a place that helps our fellow houseless relatives on the streets.


The Stolen Land 

by Terry Johnson

You are on Indigenous lands swimming in Indigenous waters looking up at Indigenous skies looking down at Indigenous water creatures There is no part of this place that was not is not cared for loved 

Those who are not Indigenous to this land are Settlers 

This does not mean being a part of peaceful settlement  

It means being a part of settler-colonialism 

where invaders came and never left