On Saturday morning — perhaps like you — I awoke to a cacophony of banging pots and pans, honking horns, and the beautiful sight of spontaneous dance parties in the streets! Yes, across the San Francisco Bay Area, people of all ages and backgrounds were celebrating the end of the long-fought Presidential election.
At Larkin Street, we join with San Francisco Mayor London Breed in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate, our hometown hero Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We are inspired by their call for unity and excited that there will be White House occupants who understand and can advocate for San Francisco ideals.
We are also celebrating the local passage of measures A, B, and F, which passed with your support and is great news for affordable housing and the human services safety net! However, I don’t need to tell you that the work of rebuilding America is far from over, and it is going to require all of us to play a role.
Many of the core values that we hold dear at Larkin Street — including amplifying youth voices, advocating for equity, and creating systems change — can help provide a valuable roadmap for the future. This bold vision, and more, is laid out in our 2020 Public Policy Platform on How to End Youth Homelessness, which I recommend every Larkin Street supporter read.
The great news is that our shared goal of ending youth homelessness has just become a little bit closer to reality, and with your ongoing support, is within our reach. So let’s continue to celebrate, keep our eyes on the prize, and recommit ourselves to doing the work needed to build a better world for all.