Category Archives: Our Perspective

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. #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…

  6. Watch Larkin Street’s Newest Agency Video

    Have you seen our latest agency video? This video tells the stories of four of our clients, and how with the support of Larkin Street they’ve changed their lives and gotten on the path to self-sufficiency. Thanks to Storytellers for Good for producing the video.

  7. LARKIN STREET JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

    America is in the midst of an unprecedented homelessness crisis; over 2.5M youth are affected every year, and they’re the fastest growing demographic. Only 17% of America’s millions of homeless youth are ‘visible’. While many people view homelessness as panhandling, begging, and sleeping on the street – in fact, the vast majority of those experiencing…

  8. Policy and Advocacy Update – January 2015

    Looking to the Year Ahead Year End Wrap-Up As the year came to an end the so-called CRomnibus bill was passed which kept the government running and set funding levels for social programs for the remainder of the federal fiscal year.  While the Homeless Assistance Grants programs received an increase in funding of $30 million,…

  9. Guest Blogger: Jeff Foote “There is success everywhere I look.”

    Larkin Street relies on hundreds of volunteers every year to keep our programs running and to help us create safe, welcoming spaces for our youth. In the spirit of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’ve asked Jeff Foote to share his thoughts about the volunteer experience at Larkin Street. Jeff, who volunteers as a tutor at our…

  10. Guest Blogger: Cosgrove Norstadt “I’m a volunteer and proud of it.”

    Larkin Street relies on hundreds of volunteers every year to keep our programs running and to help us create safe, welcoming spaces for our youth. In the spirit of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’ve asked Cosgrove Norstadt, who has been volunteering for over two years at our Education & Employment Center, to share his thoughts about…