Tag Archives: homelessness

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...
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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...
In this portrait, twins Anastasia and Aja display their tattoos. The siblings were the only surviving babies of a quintuplet birth. After reuniting with Aja, Anastasia tattooed "Tisch'e" above her heart, the name of one of their siblings who didn't survive. Photo by Luisa Conlon.

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.
St. Mary's Center

For 40 years, St. Mary’s Center tackles a wide range of community issues

Since its founding by the St. Mary’s Parish in 1973, the center has tackled issues faced by the city’s elderly population, from homelessness and hunger to addiction resources and medication monitoring. Now an interfaith nonprofit,...
Streets Disciples leaders

The Streets Disciples reach out to Oakland’s sex workers and other women in need

The women sat in a circle, pressing their folding chairs closely together as they laughed, clapped and listened to each other’s stories.
Debi Mason at her sister Patricia Daniels' house, which is in danger of foreclosure.

Oakland residents call for freeze on foreclosures

Oakland residents converged Tuesday on an East Oakland street that has been blighted by foreclosures, calling for a freeze on foreclosures until the Homeowners Bill of Rights comes into effect in January, 2013. California Governor...
Men playing dominoes in the courtyard at St. Mary's Center. Photo courtesy Katrina Brekke-Miesner.

In West Oakland, St. Mary’s Center reaches out to seniors hit by foreclosures, financial hardships

St. Mary's Center in West Oakland helps some of the 71,000 seniors in Alameda County who do not have enough money to meet their basic needs; that is half of the people in Alameda County...