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Moms 4 Housing Occupy Vacant Oakland Home To Send Message About The Homeless Crisis

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Jenee Darden
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KALW
(L-R) Dominique Walker and Shereena Thomas of Moms 4 Housing in front of the West Oakland house being occupied.

Oakland city officials estimate that more than 4,000 people are homeless. Activists are demanding the city do more immediately. A group called Moms 4 Housing are taking a stand by occupying a vacant home in West Oakland.

"This came out of absolute desperation. These are the times we're living in where your only option is to occupy a house or live with your children on the street." - Dominique Walker, Moms 4 Housing

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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.