Category Archives: Our Perspective

  1. #InvisibleNoMore: New video on young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco

    Young people experiencing homelessness are often invisible to the world. In order to survive, they find ways to blend in, hiding in plain sight. Our new video, #InvisibleNoMore, brings to light the resiliency of young people and the extremes they face to ensure they have enough to eat, a place to sleep and some level of…

  2. In Memory of Mayor Edwin M. Lee

    We were shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of San Francisco’s Mayor, Edwin M. Lee. A dedicated public servant, he embodied the values of San Francisco throughout his more than 30 years of service. For those of us at Larkin Street, his leadership on issues of homelessness and its impact on individuals,…

  3. Special Editorial: Counting All Homeless Youth Today So We May No Longer Need To Tomorrow

    Our Executive Director Sherilyn Adams co-authored an editorial with  Dr. Colette L. Auerswald, Professor of Public Health and MS Program Director for the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program that was just released called “Counting All Homeless Youth Today So We May No Longer Need To Tomorrow.” The editorial focuses on the importance of looking at youth homelessness as a…

  4. A message to our community in response to the wildfires

    Dear Friends, On any one day, week or month there are certainly tragic events in our lives. But it seems over the past few weeks there’s been a disproportionate number, with the catastrophic fires in the North Bay, the Las Vegas shootings, numerous hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean, and earthquakes in Mexico. On top of…

  5. A letter from a Larkin Street alum – 2017 Fall Newsletter

    From time to time, young people reach out to us to let us know the impact our programs had on their lives. We received the letter below recently and we were so moved by the story, we asked its author if we could share it with our supporters. I am contacting Larkin Street Youth Services…

  6. A Message from Sherilyn – 2017 Fall Newsletter

    Dear Friends, As we head into cooler fall and winter months, my thoughts inevitably turn to the more than 1,300 young people sleeping on the street in San Francisco every night. This number is both a source of frustration and hope. The Point in Time count conducted by the City of San Francisco, along with…

  7. Hate has no place here

    To our young people, staff and community, In the wake of the hateful people and ideas behind the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Larkin Street rejects the hatred, violence and ideology driving the…

  8. We need your help! Support state funding for runaway and homeless youth

    Larkin Street has joined the National Network for Youth to encourage sustained funding and congressional support for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act (EHCY), and we need your help! We urge everyone who is concerned with the well-being of children, families, and youth to take the…

  9. A Message from Sherilyn, Spring 2017

    Dear Friends, Spring is a time of anticipation: from warmer weather to upcoming graduations. This year, we’re also anticipating significant social, economic and political changes. Many of you have asked recently how the President’s proposed discretionary budget will affect our work. The truth is, we don’t know yet. For example, Congress typically makes changes to…

  10. Grateful for Community, Grateful for You

    No matter how we celebrate the holidays, we all share a desire for connection and community. For young people at-risk of homelessness, this time of year can be especially challenging. Nearly half have been physically abused by a caretaker, and many are also escaping sexual or emotional abuse. Larkin Street provides not only housing for…