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On this edition of Your Call we’ll speak with homeless and low-income artists about how art has changed their lives and their communities.

Oakland Proposition W: Vacant Property Tax

Oct 4, 2018
Creative Commons. By Grendelkhan. Cropped and resized

Measure W is a vacant property tax in Oakland, aimed at reducing homelessness and illegal dumping.

Every Wednesday through Election Day on June 5th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on San Francisco's crucial mayoral race, local propositions, and regional measures.


When the rain arrived this winter, so did a line of tents along Division Street beneath the Central Freeway in San Francisco.

Your Call: What are the solutions to homelessness?

Mar 2, 2015

On the March 2nd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the growing homeless population in the Bay Area. More than 22 percent of US’ homeless people live in the state. According to a new report, California cities have dealt with homelessness through laws criminalizing vagrancy. San Francisco issues 3,000 citations a year for sleeping, standing or panhandling in public, so what needs to change? And what’s being done in other parts of the country? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Your Call: Who are the mentally ill homeless?

Dec 8, 2014
The photography of robert okin

On the December 8th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll talk to Dr. Robert Okin about his new book “Silent Voices: People With Mental Disorders On The Street.”  Nearly 200,000 of the homeless people in the US are severely mentally ill. Dr Okin spent two years collecting the stories of mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco.  How do they end up on the street? And how can we help them while respecting their humanity -- and autonomy?  Join the conversation on the next your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Mary Rees

As California sloshes through its rainy season, homeless people around the Bay Area are looking for places to stay dry. In San Francisco, the spaces under freeways are popular, and groups of homeless people sometimes band together for their mutual protection. Still, as you might expect, living on the streets isn’t safe or easy.