Tag Archives: homelessness

Measure W proposes a tax on vacant properties in Oakland

Funds raised by the tax would go toward solutions for Oakland’s increasing homelessness epidemic, and a quarter would be earmarked for addressing blight and illegal dumping.

Abandoned or lost? Oaklanders living in cars have homes towed away

Captain Tony Jones of the Oakland Police Department spoke at a city council meeting in September about the number of abandoned cars in East Oakland. A large number of the homeless people who live in...
A Village resident, Tim, walks across the burnt area of the encampment.

After fire, homeless residents of The Village have bigger concerns

Watch how residents of The Village, a homeless encampment in East Oakland, are recovering after a fire displaced 37 people. And see how a fire is the least of residents' worries in the coming months.
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District 4 candidates share views on affordable housing, community projects at forum

A pastor, a construction manager, and a Fulbright scholar—these are a few of the seven candidates running to represent District 4.

The Village’s first new tiny house owner moves into her new home

In early April, members of The Village finally moved their first residents into what will serve as their home until next fall. The activist-led group has been working since mid-January to build houses for the...
The panel featured experts on the topic of homelessness including a data analyst, a pastor, start-up founders, activists and members of different grassroots groups. Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan (center) said she was “thrilled” to have “such amazing panelists.”

Oakland politicians, community members discuss solutions to growing homelessness crisis

Oakland Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan hosted a community meeting on homeless solutions Monday to address what she believes is the city’s number one concern: the number of unhoused people living on Oakland’s streets.
Dolores, a 69 year old woman, is one of hundreds of Oakland residents sleeping in Oakland streets due to the housing affordability crisis

Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency

Community members and city officials struggle to confront the the epidemic of hundreds of Oakland residents--most of them black, many of them elders--sleeping on the streets due to to skyrocketing rents and a lack of...

City council unanimously passes ordinance declaring a shelter crisis in Oakland

During the City Council meeting, the council members discussed Oakland’s shelter crisis, the federal legislation of California firearms laws and the state of the city address.
A homeless man walks towards a tent in a encampment behind the Chinese Garden Park in Oakland on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Oakland and Alameda County officials try to jump-start solutions to homelessness

A new city-county collaboration has been put forward by Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, along with Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, in an effort to grapple with the East Bay’s increasing homelessness crisis.
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...

Formerly incarcerated rebound into job market

For Carmen Garcia, the end of a prison sentence was the beginning of a new set of problems. “The biggest obstacle for me was continuing to stay in school, because the halfway house wanted me...
Oakland resident Gabby Falzone is a doctoral candidate of Social and Cultural Studies at UC Berkeley's School of Education.

Gabby Falzone translates the study of trauma

When she was 12, Gabby Falzone and her family became homeless in New York. At 15, she ran away. She moved between squats and stints with her family, but said she suffered too much abuse...

Foster youth tell their stories through tattoos in the California Youth Connection’s new exhibit “Tribute”

Photographer Ray Bussolari harnesses the symbolic power of tattoos to represent the experiences of foster youth.