Village of Love: a new kind of shelter in Alameda

The city of Alameda opened a brand new safe-parking site on August 17. It’s nestled within Alameda’s former Naval Air base, also called Alameda Point, where a 34-acre supportive housing community was established in 1999. Village of Love is operating both the new safe-parking site and the new adjoined Alameda Day Center, which provides a blend of peer counseling and supportive services for unsheltered people.

Remembering Mike Lee: organizer, activist, ‘Old Bum for Mayor’

Activist and former Berkeley mayoral candidate Mike Lee died at age 64 of complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in mid August. Housing activists and many people experiencing homelessness across Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco reported sadness at his loss and admiration for him in the wake of the news.

Smoke leaves no escape for the unsheltered

The smog-like conditions that have settled over the Bay Area in recent weeks are unavoidable for all Bay Area residents. However, unhoused people face a disproportionate burden when the air quality is bad.

M.H. First Oakland: an alternative to calling the police

Don’t call the cops on homeless people. This is a common refrain amongst advocates, and one that has grown louder over the past few months. But when you are witnessing someone in the midst of a mental health crisis, this is easier said than done. The Anti Police Terror Project has stepped up to change that.

Oakland rises up

I went out to document the protests to capture what had happened in the initial days after George Floyd was murdered. I wanted to To allow the story to present itself and to document history.