Category Archives: Larkin Street News

  1. San Francisco receives $9 million in state funding to serve survivors of human trafficking

    Mayor London Breed, along with service providers, held a press conference at Larkin Street’s HQ to announce that San Francisco has received a $9.3 million grant from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide housing and services for San Francisco youth who are survivors or at risk of human trafficking, specifically commercial sexual…

  2. Video: #HomelessnessIsNotAChoice

    There are four primary reasons that young people end up on the streets of San Francisco — abuse and neglect, family rejection, inter-generational economic instability, or systems involvement. Very often it’s some combination of all of these reasons. Regardless of the why, most young people who come to Larkin Street tell us that their situation…

  3. Photos from our 2019 Queer Youth Space – June 29 and 30, 2019

    Every year, Larkin Street hosts a Queer Youth Space during San Francisco Pride to provide a safe, drug-free space for LGBTQ-identified youth and their friends. This year, everyone enjoyed lawn games, flower crown making, makeup giveaways and a super fun photo booth (view the photo booth images here!), as well as free snacks and drinks….

  4. City of San Francisco sustains existing services for young people experiencing homelessness

    You spoke; they listened!   Thank you for your community advocacy on behalf of San Francisco youth experiencing homelessness. Because of your calls, emails, and texts the City has increased funding to provide shelter and housing beds for young people under the age of 18, young people who identify as LGBTQ (including our new Trans-specific housing program),…

  5. Photos from our Mental Health Awareness Month event – May 23, 2019

    Almost 50% of the young people we serve report current or prior mental health issues at entry into housing. This year, we hosted our first annual Mental Health Awareness Month to help raise awareness and to encourage young people to care for their mental health. We celebrated with arts and crafts, makeovers, haircuts, a photo…

  6. Urgent action alert for City funding: Please contact your supervisor today

    Thank you for your ongoing support of the work to end youth homelessness. We need to ask more of you this week because some young people may not receive the services they need to stay off the streets. For all our supporters who live or work in San Francisco, please join us in taking urgent…

  7. Announcing an innovative new partnership with SHN to introduce arts careers to young people

    This summer, Larkin Street has partnered with local theater company SHN to provide opportunities for young people who are interested in the arts. Read all about it from SHN Magazine:   This summer, SHN welcomes a very special group of people to its stages: young people experiencing homelessness who are interested in exploring careers in…

  8. Photos from the 4th Annual SF Crawfest – May 18, 2019

    Huge thanks to the “Crawfathers” for hosting their 4th Annual SF Crawfest, raising more than $70,000 in support of our work to end youth homelessness! Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of guests showed up and enjoyed a traditional Cajun crawfish boil, beer, wine and games. We are so grateful for everyone who came to show…

  9. Youth Advisory Board at Youth Empowerment Summit 2019

    We are so grateful for the California Coalition for Youth (CCY), a statewide grassroots nonprofit organization serving disconnected young people, for hosting a two-day Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) on April 24 to April 25 at the Sacramento Convention Center! Members of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a cohort of  young people in our programs who…

  10. Twitter Commits $50,000 to Rising Up Campaign to Reduce Youth Homelessness

    The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and Larkin Street Youth Services are excited to share that our partner, Twitter, just announced a $50,000 commitment to the Rising Up campaign, a public-private partnership that builds on existing programs to cut youth homelessness in half by 2023. Mayor London Breed launched Rising Up in October 2018…