In Oakland, we serve more than 45 curbside communities; hundreds of individual unhoused folks who live isolated in the streets, and seniors and families with children who are housing unstable or food insecure.
We work with four encampments in Berkeley, and we provide hot meal and grocery service to unhoused folks in downtown San Francisco.
Unhoused residents of the millennium are gentrification’s economic & racial refugees. Exceedingly more than 80% of Oakland’s unhoused are Black adults ages 24-75, a majority no-income seniors. A significant part of the unhoused population is Native American, Central American and South American. Women & children fleeing domestic violence are also a notable portion of the demographic that becomes unhoused. LGBTQ youth rejected by family are part of Oakland’s unhoused community. Hundreds of undocumented folks and refugees, veterans, formerly incarcerated, or sick cannot secure housing & end up curbside. Many struggle with mental-health issues, including addiction. None of us can afford “New Oakland” housing. Our demographic is vulnerable, criminalized, neglected, traumatized by our city; but resilient.
We are members of Oakland Climate Action Coalition, National Lawyers Guild Right to Shelter Working Group, Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Collective, Northern California Resiliency Hub, Deeply Rooted Oakland General Plan 2045 Community Consultants.
We are partners in the Housing and Dignity Project and Hotels Not Graves.
We work in community with Oakland Community Kitchens, East Lake Neighbors For Justice, Food Not Bombs, East Oakland Burrito Roll, Mask Oakland, First They Came For The Homeless, Phat Beats, North Oakland Restorative Justice Council, St. Mary’s Center, BayHeart, The East Oakland Collective, Homies Empowerment, Love & Justice in The Streets, Punks With Lunches, Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless, Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, Berkeley Friends on Wheels, Just Cities, La Marcha Restaurant, The Lumpia Lady, Lena’s Soul Food Kitchen, and Agave Restaurant.
Housed & unhoused Feed The People volunteers sharing meals with unhoused folks in West Oakland. Housing and Dignity Village resident Pastor Preston held down the interfaith tent on site.