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Crosscurrents

The fight continues for women of a former Oakland homeless village

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Aiyahnna Johnson was a resident of the Housing and Dignity Village. / Photo Credit: Jenee Darden

Last fall organizers and volunteers set up a women-run homeless community in East Oakland’s Brookfield neighborhood. They called it the Housing and Dignity Village. About 13 people moved onto a vacant lot that was public land. The City of Oakland threatened to evict them. Advocates went to court. KALW’s Jenee Darden visited this village and gives an update of the village and its residents.

Last fall organizers and volunteers set up a women-run homeless community in East Oakland’s Brookfield neighborhood. They called it the Housing and Dignity Village. About 13 people moved onto a vacant lot that was public land. The City of Oakland threatened to evict them. Advocates went to court.

They wanted a women-run encampment because sexual assault of homeless women is very high and access to resources when violated can be difficult.

KALW’s Jenee Darden visited this village and is here to give us an update.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.