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  1. The work to end youth homelessness needs your advocacy for City funding

    Thanks to your tremendous outreach and support, California state funds for Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program will remain intact for 2020. The Governor’s budget also includes an 8% set-aside for youth in Homeless, Housing, Assistance and Prevention funds! Because of the ongoing advocacy of thousands of people like you, California continues to be…

  2. Celebrating Juneteenth

    Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger with a regiment of Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This event occurred two and a half years…

  3. Angel shares what it means to find community

    Before moving to San Francisco, Angel was scared to express who he really was. As a young gay man of color, he didn’t feel proud of himself or deserving of acceptance. These feelings became hard to manage, and he turned to substance use to cope. The turning point for Angel was finding a community within Larkin Street programs. Through…

  4. A letter from our Executive Director and Board of Directors

    To understand the seismic shift occurring everywhere around us, we must acknowledge that structural racism has existed since our nation’s founding. It persists today: from redlining (in which people of color were, and are, unable to purchase real estate), to the war on drugs, stop and frisk, and the disparities in crack versus powder cocaine…

  5. Young Homeless People Are Struggling to Stay Safe During the Pandemic – Teen Vogue

    Huge thanks to Teen Vogue for highlighting the unique struggles that young people experiencing homelessness are facing during the pandemic. While Shelter-in-Place orders have changed the way we all live, for young people experiencing homelessness its brought new obstacles. Here’s an excerpt: For homeless youth in housing, being confined indoors may prove challenging in other…

  6. VIDEO: Jessie shares why she remains hopeful despite the global pandemic

    The importance of home has never been more apparent. Under Shelter-in-Place, our homes have become our offices, gyms, restaurants, and most importantly sanctuaries. Your home quite literally determines your survival during a pandemic. But on any given night there are more than 1,100 young people on the streets of San Francisco without a safe place…

  7. A Place to Shelter: San Francisco’s First Sanctioned Tent Encampments – KCBS Radio

    Huge thanks to KCBS Radio for featuring the new city-sanctioned Safer Sleeping Site in their “A Place to Shelter” series. We have partnered with the City of San Francisco and Homeless Youth Alliance to open a new city-sanctioned Safer Sleeping Site in the Haight Street neighborhood. With room for up to 40 tents, the site…

  8. Thanks to our partners for providing emergency funds

    A special heartfelt thank you to these partners for supporting our work to end youth homelessness through COVID-19 emergency grants. Because of the generous support of these companies, we have been able to provide PPE, essential worker pay, food access and emergency funds for youth, remote service delivery and equipment, hotel rooms for young people,…

  9. A new Shelter-in-Place hotel opens its doors to young people experiencing homelessness

    We are pleased to announce that on April 29, Larkin Street Youth Services, in partnership with the City of San Francisco, officially opened the doors to a new temporary Shelter-in-Place (SiP) hotel, known as Site #1. This site, part of the SiP Hotel Initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is available to for up to 55 young people…

  10. Larkin Street program participants share how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted their lives – 2020 Spring-Summer Newsletter

    As someone who’s recovering from past substanceuse, it’s been difficult not being able to go to mysupport group meetings. I’ve been sober for a yearand a half now and I intend to work very hard not tolet COVID-19’s impact get in the way of my recovery.That’s not to say it hasn’t been a struggle. Eventhough…