Category Archives: Our Perspective

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 … Continue reading Grateful for Community, Grateful for You

Vote Yes on J and K to address SF’s homelessness crisis

San Francisco’s homeless service providers are in agreement: Props J and K must pass to provide essential funding that addresses our homelessness crisis! Experts in the field, including our Executive Director Sherilyn Adams, submitted the following op-ed with our position: On July 1, San Francisco took a bold step toward ending chronic homelessness with the … Continue reading Vote Yes on J and K to address SF’s homelessness crisis

Vote No on Q: Larkin Street’s Mary Kate Bacalao op-ed in San Francisco Examiner

Mary Kate Bacalao, Larkin Street‘s Director of Public Funding, was featured in the San Francisco Examiner on behalf of the San Francisco Homeless Emergency Services Providers Association and Larkin Street this week. Her op-ed is posted here online, and we’ve included the full content below, too! Most importantly, please vote on Tuesday! We recommend a ‘no’ vote … Continue reading Vote No on Q: Larkin Street’s Mary Kate Bacalao op-ed in San Francisco Examiner

Mindfulness – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

“All Things Grow with Understanding” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995. Mindfulness is about being in the present moment instead of being lost in … Continue reading Mindfulness – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Restorative Practices – Focusing on Relationships & Community

“Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” –Howard Zehr During the course of a young person working to achieve independence at … Continue reading Restorative Practices – Focusing on Relationships & Community

Youth Homelessness in San Francisco: 2014 Report on Incidence and Needs

Each year Larkin Street’s Research and Evaluation Department publishes a report on the extent of youth homelessness in San Francisco in its annual Report on Incidence and Needs. Larkin Street youth have experienced multiple factors that led to their homelessness. They lack stable housing and struggle on a daily basis to survive and meet their … Continue reading Youth Homelessness in San Francisco: 2014 Report on Incidence and Needs

#40toNoneDay Addresses Disproportionate # of LGBT Homeless Youth

It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s impossible to ignore. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Larkin … Continue reading #40toNoneDay Addresses Disproportionate # of LGBT Homeless Youth