News

  1. Opinion: For homeless youth, surviving is a crime – Mary Kate Bacalao

    In an article from Youth Today, Our Director of Public Funding Mary Kate Bacalao shares her opinion on the consequences of “move along” policing. Being forced to move from trusted safe spots makes young people experiencing homelessness even more vulnerable especially when they don’t have anywhere else to go. Here’s an excerpt from the piece: ”…

  2. Trans Teens, Trailed by Homelessness – CityLab

    Thanks to CityLab for highlighting the unique struggles that transgender young people experiencing homelessness face. According to the article, an estimated 40% of unhoused youth in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ, and in some California cities, that proportion is higher. The 2019 Point In Time Count also showed that 46% of all unhoused youth are…

  3. Video: A Way Home America Grand Challenge

    In participation of A Way Home America’s Grand Challenge, Larkin Street’s Youth Advisory Board shares why San Francisco is committed to centering the experiences of youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth in the the work to end youth homelessness. The Grand Challenge is a transformational initiative grounded in several critical approaches: youth collaboration, racial and…

  4. Creating Resilience: Art by Larkin Street young people featured at SF Public Library

    The San Francisco Public Library’s TAY(k) Care Program hosted “Creating Resilience” a multi-media art exhibit featuring the works of the talented young people from Larkin Street Youth Services. At the exhibit’s celebration last week, attendees heard from Peter Carpou, Larkin Street Art Program founder, as well as keynote speaker Amnoni Myers, who discussed resilience as a…

  5. Video: Larkin Street alum joins Street Soccer USA

    Isabella Black, a Larkin Street alum joined Street Soccer USA, an organization aiming to change the world through soccer. With the help of our programs and soccer, Bella was able to gain confidence. Watch the full video to learn about Bella’s experience with the organization: You can help young people like Bella by donating.

  6. Young, gay and homeless – San Francisco Chronicle

    Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for including young people in their fourth annual SF Homeless Project, a coalition of media organizations focusing on homelessness in San Francisco. For 24 hours on July 30, the Chronicle sent journalists all over the city to talk to people experiencing homelessness and one of them is a young…

  7. New data on youth experiencing homelessness – 2019 Point in Time Count released

    On July 5, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released the 2019 San Francisco Point-in-Time (PIT) Count report.   Every two years, San Francisco is required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a homeless count. Volunteers canvas the city on a single night in January to count the number of people experiencing…

  8. Photos from our Annual Education Graduation – July 19, 2019

    Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Staff, family and friends celebrated our Annual Education Graduation where 11 young people received certificates in recognition of their accomplishments over the past year. Young people in our programs completed high school or equivalency and transfers to a four-year institution. Thank you to our presenters Board Chair Susan Alexander,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…