This episode was first broadcast on KCSF in 2015. This episode is the second part of our Homeless in San Francisco series. To get more context about our fellow citizen’s experiencing homelessness I would recommend that you listen to our Part One show.
Homeless in San Francisco - Part Two of Three Parts
There are between 1,500 to 2,000 homeless families in San Francisco alone. This episode is the second part of our Homeless in San Francisco series. To get more context about our fellow citizen’s experiencing homelessness I would recommend that you listen to our Part One show. Please copy the link: http://bit.ly/2Y3rc7T
Part Two of the Three-Part series Homeless in San Francisco features fellow community members and organizations that are working on providing support and solutions to problems facing our fellow citizens who find themselves Homeless. Homeless in San Francisco Part Two features these Voices of our Community:
+ Emily Cohen the Deputy Director at Project Homeless Connect http://bit.ly/2LGXeAa
+ Sam Dodge the Director of the Office of Mayor of San Francisco's department of HOPE - Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement http://hsh.sfgov.org/
+ Doniece Sandoval the Founder of Lava Mae http://bit.ly/2SFbR7N
Emily Cohen the Deputy Director at Project Homeless Connect
At the time of the interview in 2015 Emily was the Deputy Director at Project Homeless Connect. While the Deputy Director of Project Homeless Connect (PHC)Emily designed, implemented and evaluated all aspects of Every Day Connect’s direct service program including medical and social services. She developed partnerships with best-in-class medical and social service providers to provide hard-to-access resources to program participants. Cohen Partnered with cutting edge technology companies to develop tech solutions to homelessness as well as represented PHC on city-wide policy and programming committees to develop and implement long-term solutions to homelessness.
Emily, is dedicated to changing the way homelessness is address in American cities and is part of the movement to end homelessness.
Sam Dodge, Special Assistant To The Director at San Francisco Public Works
At the time of the interview in 2015 Sam was the Director of the Office of Mayor of San Francisco's department of HOPE - Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement. Dodge, opened and oversaw the first Navigation Center. This low-barrier residential program welcomed people from encampment settings and provided comprehensive services towards rehousing. 79% of participants were housed. He coordinated efforts to expand Permanent Supportive Housing by 500 units through a combination of Federal, State, and Local funding. More on Sam
Doniece is the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit that began by converting buses into showers and toilets on wheels for our houseless neighbors. Driven by a fierce belief that everyone has the right to be clean, she launched Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of access to hygiene available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 28,000 Californians and inspiring 136 similar programs around the globe.
Doniece credits Lava Mae’s international visibility to its focus on dignity and Radical Hospitality. A 2019 Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford Fellow (SEERS), 2019 Jefferson Award, 2018 Global Good Fund Fellow, 2017 CNN Hero, and 2016 KIND People Award recipient. She is, however, most proud of the moniker given to her by her 12-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.
Lava Mae is a San Francisco-based nonprofit transforming the way communities see and serve our unhoused neighbors around the globe. By shining a light on our shared humanity, driving innovation in programming, and inspiring collaboration, we’re catalyzing change.
We do this by bringing critical services delivered with an unexpected level of care that we call Radical Hospitality to the street through programs such as our mobile hygiene service and Pop-Up Care Villages. Our work is rooted in three beliefs:
1. Opportunity unfolds when people are treated with dignity.
2. When it comes to dignity, society has different standards for those with resources vs those without.
3. Radical Hospitality restores dignity, rekindles optimism, and fuels a sense of opportunity.
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