We work in service and support with 30 curbside communities (aka homeless encampments)
We work in partnership with 6 curbside communities.
We promote mutual-aid (aka sharing) and unity building between curbside communities.
We build partnerships, alliances, and coalitions with other organizations to assert and ensure that our unsheltered brothers and sisters basic needs are met with respect and dignity.
We show solidarity and support with First Response efforts during crisis and evictions.
We engage in education, advocacy and policy work to decriminalize homelessness.
We defend and assert housing, shelter and safety is a human right that all should have access to.
We share meals with folks.
We have, maintain or build personal relationships with our displaced friends, families, neighbors and community.
We engage in direct action. We see that for curbside communities there is a thin line between survival, the right to exist and direct action. We assert that curbside communities have far more to lose in a direct action than housed communities. We believe it is the duty of our housed folks to join our curbside brothers and sisters on the direct action frontline.
We build emergency shelters, proved sanitation services, offer moral and material support, and engage in leadership development with curbside communities.
How Do we do this?
Our leadership is comprised of unhoused and formally unhoused residents.
We function in committees of volunteers.
We build and activate a broad base network of organizations and institutions.
We are fueled thru volunteers, in-kind donations, community donations, monthly patrons, anonymous donors, and occasionally small grants.
What do we want to do in the future?
We want the decriminalization of homelessness. we believe homelessness is not a crime. The crime is a society that allows for homelessness to exist.
We want long term, adequate, and dignified emergency housing with upgraded services that meets the specific needs of Oakland’s diverse unhoused neighbors. Cuz homelessness isn’t going away anytime soon.
We want immediate deeply affordable permanent housing with a wide array of supports and services. Because that is the only solution to this housing affordability crisis, to this homeless state of emergency, and to ensuring housing is a human right – not a privilege. And folks transitioning from the streets to indoors need support and healing to succeed in that journey.
We want training and jobs for Oakland’s working class and poor in these foodie, techie and hub industries. So much money is coming into Oakland for The New Oakland. But Oakland’s wealth of innovative, brilliant working class Black and Brown communities does not have access to this incoming flow of cash. That needs to change.
We want the people in power with money and resources making decisions that impact our lives to start developing towards a strong and stable future for The Town and stop giving away all our public resources towards building a New Oakland that isn’t here yet.