SRO Stories: "I survived" | KALW

SRO Stories: "I survived"

Dec 8, 2016

All week we’ve been airing a series of SRO Stories, profiling the residents of single room occupancy buildings. These residential hotels are the housing of last resort for a lot of people that would otherwise be homeless.

Though many SROs have been demolished over the decades, there are around 19,000 people living in them in San Francisco today. Here's the story of Patricia J.

Patricia: People would never know by looking at me. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, nobody knows. Cause you would never think it, to look at me now, that I went through all that. I survived.

This piece was produced by Colin Peden as part of a project with Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH), a project of Tides. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. More profiles will be featured in a project exhibition in the Jewett Gallery at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library starting December 17th thru March 12th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on January 10th. Visit to learn more.