Frank and Leticia Romo’s shrine to their son Sergio’s baseball career in his childhood bedroom in Brawley, California. About 25,000 people live in this farm town, out in the desert scrubland. Main Street is a dusty arcade of shuttered stores. Unemployment is over 30 percent, among the highest in the state. There’s no big college, no stadium. But the town has sent a bumper crop of 21 players to the major and minor leagues. (Marcus Teply/KQED)
Screenprints flutter in the breeze at Frank Ogawa Plaza as people gather on October 25th for a march and protest marking one year since the Occupy Oakland encampment was raided by police. (Andrew Stelzer/KQED) Occupy Oakland marchers stare down Oakland police officers at Washington and 8th streets on Oct. 25, 2012. (Don Clyde/KQED)
When the door opened at West County Detention Facility for Tamisha Walker, she was alone. No one was there to pick her up. Three years later, Tamisha Walker is advocating for what she knows first-hand: reintegrating into the community after spending time in jail. She’s a founding member of the Safe Return Project, a group that is speaking up for reentry in Richmond. (Julie Brown/Richmond Confidential)
A homeless man amid his belongings in the alleyway where he lives in Berkeley. (Anna Vignet /San Francisco Public Press)
This photo is part of a photo essay on homelessness entitled “Architecture of Homelessness.” The photographer’s statement on the project is included below.
Initiatives to help San Francisco’s homeless find shelter, jobs or medical treatment remain controversial. One recent law, the “sit-lie” ordinance, made it illegal to sit or lie down on city sidewalks. Some homeless people say this law takes away their right to dwell freely — essentially the right to be alive. How does one build a place of one’s own in a city where other opportunities are not available? We all have the need to create a sense of home, even in extreme circumstances. In these photos, the lines between public and private, urban and domestic, blur. They reveal the architecture of homelessness, and contribute to the understanding of a displaced people who make their own spaces.