Dear Colleagues and Community Members,


Racial inequality persists in the United States despite significant attention to this issue over past decades.  One manifestation of the nation’s current racial realities is that people of color are disproportionately represented in the homeless population.


On October 17th, the San Francisco community is invited to a Community Conversation about racism and homelessness hosted by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Hamilton Families, HandUp, and Project Homeless Connect, along with the Center for Social Innovation.  As the newly formed Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing works to prevent and end homelessness in San Francisco and we invite you to join us in an important dialogue about racial justice in the homeless service system and across our community.


At the Community Conversation we will take a deeper look at questions including:

  • What is the connection between racism and economic inequality?
  • Why are African Americans disproportionately represented among people experiencing homelessness in SF?
  • What can we do to imagine a more equitable future?


Carolyn Tyler of ABC7, who has produced an Emmy-nominated series on San Francisco’s homeless crisis will be the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers and panelists will include Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones of the Center for Social Innovation, Dr. Kenneth Hardy, Professor of Family Therapy, Drexel University (Specialization: Trauma-Based, culturally competent care), Joe Wilson, Community Building Program Manager, Hospitality House San Francisco, Alan Gutierrez, Program Manager, LYRIC, Janetta Johnson, Executive Director, TGI Justice, Etecia Brown, Bayview Resident and Social Entrepreneur, andMalcolm Yeung, Deputy Director, Chinatown Community Development Corporation.


Event Details:

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Herbst Theatre – 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 – View Map


This event is open to the public and all are welcome!

Please forward this invitation to your organizations and communities.

Click here for tickets and more information.




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