Thomas Brouns is a documentary filmmaker and student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has served four overseas tours as an American diplomat and is a retired U.S. Army officer.
Cob on Wood, a group of tiny homes and community resources, may be displaced in the wave of encampment sweeps that has picked up again.
Union Point Park has been closed and encampment residents and city officials struck a deal: Move inside temporarily while the two parties worked together to create Oakland’s first sanctioned encampment. But talks about the sanctioned community have gone cold.
This is the story of the fight over Union Point Park.
Alameda County has set an ambitious goal: To permanently house all the people who participated in their emergency COVID-19 shelter program.
Thanks to the work of advocacy groups and the hard work of a group of housed and unhoused volunteers, two families’ tiny homes became a bit less tiny.
A handful of dedicated volunteers from spent a cold, wet December day delivering supplies to East Bay homeless encampments. Volunteer events like this help fill the gaps that are left by local governments and official service providers.
Street Spirit spent some time asking encampment residents to share their thoughts on the outcome of the presidential election.