Exhibit Opening: Everyone Deserves a Home Photographs and oral histories on view in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, Dec. 17, 2016 – March 12, 2017

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

Exhibit Opening: Everyone Deserves a Home
Photographs and oral histories on view in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, Dec. 17, 2016 – March 12, 2017

Through moving portraits and oral histories of 40 San Francisco residents, Everyone Deserves a Home is an impacting exhibition that tells the story of formerly homeless Californians now living in permanent supportive housing in San Francisco. The exhibit is at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery from Dec. 17, 2016 through March 17, 2017.

The exhibit explores the question of what drew people or their families to San Francisco, what led them to their current home and what their community means to them. The stories are diverse and compelling; many subjects have histories of chronic homelessness, as well as struggles with health, mental health, and/or substance use issues. They have all worked hard to succeed in permanent housing and break out of the culture of homelessness and its related cycles of trauma, abuse, and abject poverty.

Several of the portraits are accompanied by printed excerpts of interviews with the tenants. A few of these interviews are available by audio.

This project is sponsored by DISH (Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing), and was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH)

DISH believes that everyone deserves a home. Every day, we provide high-quality, permanent housing to San Franciscans who suffer from serious health issues, enabling them to get off the streets, rebuild their lives, and strengthen their communities. DISH is a project of Tides.

Everyone Deserves a Home Exhibit – Dec.17, 2016 – March 12, 2017, Main Library, Jewett Gallery

Related programs:

Everyone Deserves a Home Opening Event – Jan. 10, 2017, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room
On Jan. 10, 2017, meet the participants in the photography exhibit Everyone Deserves a Home. Photographers Audra Miller, Ariel Fortune, Lauren Hall and others will discuss the storytelling aspect of the project, which explores the impact of finding a home after experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

Everyone Deserves a Home Panel Discussion – March 1, 2017, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Moderated by Audrey Cooper, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Featuring Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; Laura Guzman, Director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center; District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim; District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell; Lateefah Simon, Bart Board Director; Kevin Fagan, Reporter of the San Francisco Chronicle