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Reframing homelessness as a systemic, not personal, problem
With the state emerging from a pandemic that prompted emergency action and investment to bring people living on the street indoors, and after recent pledges from state and local officials to invest into solutions to homelessness, local nonprofit leaders discuss what long-lasting solutions might look like. In these highlights from a recent panel discussion hosted by the nonprofit At the Crossroads, Joe Wilson from Hospitality House, Mary Howe from Homeless Youth Alliance, Charles Lerner from At the Crossroads, and Julia Arroyo from the Young Women’s Freedom Center outline the scale of investment that might be needed, and why decisions should be made with input from people with lived experience.
To house most of Bay Area’s homeless, report says, invest in temporary, permanent and preventive measures
Local and state officials have been announcing their intentions to invest billions into addressing homelessness, and two reports laying out strategies to bring the majority of unsheltered people in the region indoors have made headlines in recent months. Tomiquia Moss, founder and CEO of AllHome, describes the need for more investment across different interventions to reduce the pressure to prioritize those who have the most complex and chronic needs over those who could exit homelessness with shorter-term help, or over prevention strategies. AllHome’s regional plan for reducing homelessness by 75% over the next three years calls for simultaneous investment in interim housing, permanent placements and prevention strategies.
Podcast Swap: Peter Finch's "The Finch Files" Joins "Civic" on Alcatraz
Peter Finch of "The Finch Files" was on Alcatraz with "Civic" producer Mel Baker recently. We're exchanging episodes on each others' feeds to give our respective listeners a taste of what we think are complementary shows. In Episode 149 of "The Finch Files," Peter documents how one of San Francisco's most popular attractions is slowly emerging from the pandemic.
Return to Alcatraz - Legacy of the 50th Anniversary of the Native American Occupation
Alcatraz Island is once again drawing tourists from around the world. Visitors arriving on the island will see signage proclaiming “Indian Land!” as it would have appeared 50 years ago. A reminder that beyond the stories of prison escapes “The Rock” was the place that lit the spark for the native American rights movement in North America. We talked with the daughter of one of those occupiers about that legacy.
Documentary exploring gender follows up with protagonists decades later
More than 20 years ago, a filmmaker documented the lives of a group of people in San Francisco exploring gender and what it means to be transgender, to create a film called "Gendernauts." Now Monika Treut has directed and written a new film, “Genderation,” in which she follows up with these same protagonists to see how shifting social scenes, political climate and individual circumstances of their lives have affected them. Treut and poet and documentary protagonist Max Wolf Valerio reflect on changes in the city and the nation.
How an urban community farm is adapting to exceptional drought conditions
Hummingbird Farm provides organic food as well as medicinal plants, and serves as a community and education hub in particular for young people. Tere Almaguer, an environmental justice organizer with PODER, which operates the farm, talked with “Civic” about how the drought has already had an impact, and how the group has adapted to years of inconsistent rainfall.
Excellent coverage in plain English. For those of us too busy to go out of our way for this education— I’m thrilled I can learn during my workout or cooking.
This is an excellent podcast for getting an inside look at underreported issues facing San Francisco and the nation.