Homeless at the S.F. Public LIbrary


“What started as a tough situation – staff members worried about people washing up in the bathrooms, or acting badly – turned into an opportunity. The library, which has always thought of itself as a resource, found it had nothing to offer people who came in asking for help finding housing or places to sleep. The city’s solution? Bring in a social worker assigned to deal with the needs of homeless people.”

This KALW radio story explores how homeless people find help at the San Francisco Public Library. Rumpus artist Wendy MacNaughton also took on the topic in this comic from last year.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →