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How are formerly unhoused people fighting homelessness?

Inside the shelter at Hospitality House, a community based service organization in San Francisco. 90 percent of its staff have had experience similar to those it serves. PHOTO COURTESY HOSPITALITY HOUSE



On this rebroadcast of Your Call, we ask: What changes when a nonprofit serving the homeless is led by people who used to be clients?

As the homeless crisis grows across the country, we hear about solutions from people with direct experience. How does the mission and strategy of an organization change when the people it serves determine how it runs? And how do these advocates envision a future where homelessness nonprofits are eliminated?


Joe Wilson, executive director and former client of the San Francisco community center Hospitality House

Carrie Hamilton, case manager and former client of the San FranciscoHomeless Prenatal Project

Web Resources:

San Francisco Chronicle: Homelessness doesn’t have to be the end of the journey

National Catholic Reporter: Let homeless pregnant women get housing sooner, SF coalition urges

San Francisco Chronicle: What's done, what's left to do

SF Homeless Project Facebook page


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.