News

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Findings From External Evaluation of Larkin Street’s Programs

    January was an exciting milestone in Larkin Street’s pursuit of improving outcomes for the young people we serve – the wrap-up of a year-long external evaluation of our housing programs! We engaged Harder+Company Community Research to provide external validation that our approach and outcomes framework are strong, and that our work is having its intended…

  4. Video: #TimeDone Criminal Justice Reform with G-Eazy and Safe and Just

    We are so honored to be a part of this important conversation about the #TimeDone campaign which aims to uplift 8 million people living with a past conviction or record. Current California policies place over 4,800 restrictions that prevent them from getting jobs, housing, and more. Together, we can advocate for policy change so that…

  5. #TrueColorsDay #Unselfie Photobooth – April 24, 2019

    Young people who identify as LGBTQ are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers due to the increased likelihood of familial rejection. In partnership with True Colors United, we celebrated #TrueColorsDay, a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness. We set up an #Unselfie Photobooth in our Engagement and…

  6. A National First: SF Opens Safe House For Embattled Transgender Youths – San Francisco Chronicle

    Huge thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for highlighting our new transitional housing program specifically for transgender young people experiencing homelessness. The new housing program, which is the first of its kind in the nation, aims to provide a safe space for young people to cope from struggles they’ve faced as transgender youths while also…

  7. Congregation Emanu-El Embraces Efforts to End Youth Homelessness

    We’re grateful to Congregation Emanu-El for their enthusiastic embrace of the value of “tikun olam” (“repair the world”) through their support of the work to end youth homelessness this year. From a holiday gift drive supplying backpacks stuffed with gifts for each of the young people in our housing programs to their weekly meal nights…

  8. Middle-Schooler Raises Thousands For Her Peers in Need

    When Lily Lee was just five years old, she learned that some kids don’t have parents to take care of them. Heartbroken, she decided to use her birthday money to buy gifts for foster kids. Now 12 years old, Lily continues to give to young people in need including those at Larkin Street. Every holiday…

  9. Open Forum: Invest in Unhoused Youth Before Homelessness Becomes A Way of Life – San Francisco Chronicle

    Our executive director, Sherilyn Adams, shared why it’s important for San Francisco to invest in young people to prevent chronic homelessness. Here is the full piece published on the San Francisco Chronicle: No resident, worker or visitor in San Francisco is unfamiliar with our pervasive and systemic homelessness crisis. Homelessness has consistently ranked as the…

  10. A Message From Sherilyn – 2019 Spring-Summer Newsletter

    Dear Friends, A lot has changed since Larkin Street opened its doors in 1984. From a small storefront at 1040 Larkin Street that served just over 100 teens to a multi-site and multi-service organization that reaches nearly 2,500 young people annually, Larkin Street has truly made an impact on the homelessness crisis in our City….