Dec ~ Mar


Portrait and oral histories exhibit, EVERYONE DESERVES A HOME, tells the story of the journey for formerly homeless Californians into living in permanent supportive housing in San Francisco.

The exhibition explores the question of what drew people or their families to San Francisco, what led them to their current home and what their community means to them. It provides an opportunity for the audience to reflect on their own journey, perhaps not too dissimilar from the ones they encounter here.The residents have histories of chronic homelessness; struggle with health, mental health, and/or substance use issues.  They are working hard to succeed in permanent housing and break out of the culture of homelessness and its related cycles of trauma, abuse, and abject poverty.  In addition to the challenges that bring them to supportive housing, their stories are diverse and compelling.  From Masters degrees in the arts and sciences, to expressive musical talents, to business expertise, and years of dedicated service in the armed forces, these otherwise ignored members of our community have amazing histories, engaging life experiences to share, and significant contributions to make. 
Several of the portraits will be accompanied by printed excerpts of interviews with the tenants. A few of these interviews will also be made available by audio.

beginning Dec. 17th, 2016 and running until March 12th, 2017.

Jewett Gallery
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information, contact Ariel Fortune, DISH Community Project Manager, 415.776.3474 x102,

EVERYONE DESERVES A HOMEis a Community Stories funded project. To learn more about California Humanities grantmaking programs, please visit us HERE.

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