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Marin Independent Journal: San Rafael’s Dominican University leads poverty simulation (3/17/2017)



NBC Bay Area Proud with Garvin Thomas 11-Year-Old Elected To Board Of Directors Of Homeless Non Profit (3/24/2016)

Palo Alto Online Victor Frost, well-known panhandler, has died

Marin Independent Journal: Editorial Marin IJ Editorial: Extending reach of San Rafael’s streets team (2/14/2016)

San Jose Mercury News Dignity on Wheels brings showers and laundry to Santa Clara County homeless (2/11/2016)

KQED A View from the Streets: One Bay Area Woman’s Story of Homelessness (2/4/2016)

Marin Independent Journal  San Rafael enlists nonprofit to tackle waste near schools in Mahon Creek area (2/1/2016)

San Jose Inside  Sunnyvale Welcomes Mobile Showers for the Homeless (1/28/2016)

San Jose Mercury News  County funding a program that aims to connect homeless individuals with local businesses (1/06/2016)



Good This New Coffee Business Is Helping Silicon Valley’s Homeless Help Themselves (12/29/2015)

The Daytona Beach News-Journal   Hope served up with holiday cheer at Salvation Army feast (12/29/2015)

The Daytona Beach News-Journal   Hope served up with holiday cheer at Salvation Army feast (12/25/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Mercury News editorial: Greatest civic gift this year? A coffee cart (12/24/2015)

Contra Costa Times  Hope served up with holiday cheer at Salvation Army feast (12/18/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Judge Tara Flanagan fined for masking campaign loans (12/16/2015)

BusinessWire  Nexenta Sponsors Downtown Streets Team and City of San Jose Gateway Project to Help Homeless (12/15/2015)

Network World  10 cool ways tech companies give it up for charity (12/07/2015)

San Francisco Gate  Kartma Street Café delivers paycheck, a path forward for San Jose’s homeless (11/30/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Pizarro: ‘Wheels for Chad’ wants to make mobility a reality for homeless advocate (11/29/2015)

San Francisco Chronicle  San Jose sidewalk coffee cart gives jobs to homeless people (11/26/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Coffee cart helmed by homeless baristas officially opens in San Jose (11/24/2015)

CBS San Francisco Bay Area  Downtown San Jose Coffee Stand Offers Hope To Homeless (11/24/2015)

NBC Bay Area  Homeless Serve South Bay Cities They Struggle to Afford (11/23/2015)

Marian Independent Journal  Cleanup begins at PG&E site purchased by BioMarin (11/19/2015)

CBS San Francisco Bay Area  San Jose, Santa Clara County Launch Effort To House Homeless Veterans (11/11/2015)

NBC Bay Area News — Bay Area Proud  Portrait Photographer Captures Milestone Moments Of Society’s Most Vulnerable, For Free (11/06/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Sunnyvale police sweep through and clear out homeless encampment (10/16/2015)

Record Searchlight  Blueprint: Redding can learn from others on homeless issue (10/14/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Homeless Veterans in Palo Alto: ‘Nobody wants to live like that’ (10/09/2015)

San Jose Inside  Regional Minimum Wage Plan Gains Support, Could Include Controversial Exemptions (10/07/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Pizarro: Warriors celebrate community champions in San Jose (10/05/2015)

High Country News  No Direction Home (10/05/2015)

Palo Alto Online  Downtown Streets Team executive director and Racing Hearts founder to be recognized (9/23/2015)

WaterWorld  South Bay Creeks Collaborative Litter Cleanup Effort in San Jose Wins Top Award (9/21/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  San Jose, Santa Clara County fund programs for homeless (9/15/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Campbell company works day and night for Downtown Streets Team (9/02/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Campbell business will work day and night to help Downtown Streets Team (8/26/2015)

ZURB  ZURB Wired 2015: Announcing Downtown Streets Team as This Year’s Nonprofit! (8/21/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Sunnyvale: Plans are in the works for a new cold weather shelter (8/05/2015)

The Sparkler Summer 2015 Newsletter of the San Jose Downtown Property-based Improvement District (August 2015)

San Jose Inside  Downtown Streets Team Helps Formerly Homeless Jumpstart Careers with Kartma Coffee Biz (7/31/2015)

San Jose Mercury News  Brain injury hidden factor in homelessness (7/27/2015)

Marin Independent Journal  Marin Voice: Redoubling Marin’s commitment on homelessness (7/25/2015)

San Rafael Snapshot  San Rafael Snapshot – July 16, 2015 (7/16/2015)

San Jose Mercury News Commentary: Water district to spend $2.5 million for projects that prevent pollution, restore habitat (7/08/2015)

Marin Independent Journal San Rafael OKs new contract with Downtown Streets Team (7/07/2015)

Peninsula Press ‘We’re you’: What it’s like to be homeless in Silicon Valley (6/18/2015)

News Pointer San Rafael responds to grand jury report on homeless (6/10/2015)

Marin Independent Journal Town meeting on homelessness draws big crowd in San Rafael; most favor creation of new homeless service center (6/9/2015)

Forbes Former Napster Ceo’s Mission to End Homelessness in Silicon Valley (5/31/2015)

San Jose Mercury News Pizarro: Knight Foundation puts $620,000 in grants toward San Jose projects (5/28/2015)

8 80 Cities K880 Emerging City Champions selected to participate in new fellowship program focused on building more livable cities (5/27/2015)

NBC Bay Area Proud Former Minor Leaguer Once Homeless Now Coaches Team Of Homeless Softball Players (5/6/2015)

San Jose Inside How Did Mayor Sam Liccardo Do in His First 100 Days? (4/24/2015)

Marin Independent Journal Civil grand jury urges Marin supervisors to lead fight against homelessness (4/24/2015)

Marin Independent Journal Dominican students, homeless partner to create mural for downtown San Rafael storefront (3/27/2015)

Marin Independent Journal Mayor talks homelessness, emergency facilities at San Rafael’s State of the City Dinner(3/19/2015)

San Francisco Magazine Once Reviled, Now Seeking Redemption, Greg Gopman Won’t Be Solving Homelessness Any Time Soon(3/13/2015)

San Francisco Magazine The Outsiders(2/28/2015)

Big Issue Sim City and the virtual lessons of fixing homelessness(2/16/2015)

Marinscope Community Newspapers Volunteers make sure homeless people count(2/5/2015)

PacificSun Downtown Streets Team collect 1 million cigarette butts (1/28/2015)

KQED News Hidden in Plain View: Santa Clara County Counts Homeless(1/28/2015)

Palo Alto Online PHOTOS: Haircuts for the homeless (1/15/2015)

Marin Independent JournalMarin Voice: Extending a helping hand to homeless Marinites(1/12/2015)

Marin Independent Journal Marin Snapshot: San Rafael’s newest councilman wants to revitalize downtown(1/10/2015)



San Jose Downtown Association Newsletter Good jobs for good people (12/31/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: Wish Book: Woman finds a way out of San Jose’s homeless ‘Jungle’ with the help of Downtown Streets Team (12/31/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: Big winds usher New Year’s chill that raises concerns about homeless (12/30/2014)

Palo Alto Online: In memoriam: Notables who died in 2014 (12/26/2014)

San Jose Inside: Tech Alliance Keeps Homeless Connnected through Mobile4All (12/26/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: HomeFirst ceremony puts face to 33 homeless deaths (12/10/2014)

PBS Newshour: Tent cities rise amid affordable housing shortage in Silicon Valley (12/8/2014)

KQED: Homeless Evicted From ‘The Jungle’ in San Jose (12/4/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose: Whole Foods on the Alameda readied for opening, store tours (12/3/2014)

Monterey Herald: Dismantling of San Jose homeless encampment set for Thursday (11/29/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: ‘You can tell that it’s made with love’ (11/27/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: Volunteers sought for Marin homeless census (11/27/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose’s Gateway Project Hopes to Create Jobs for the Homeless (11/19/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: Sunnyvale homeless battle grabs attention of Palo Alto lawyer (11/19/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: Holiday giving: Bay Area community groups seek donations to help needy during the holidays (11/19/2014)

CBS SF Bay Area: Palo Alto Throws Out Ban On Car Camping (11/18/2014)

Palo Alto Online: Palo Alto strikes down car-camping ban (11/18/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: Terra Linda High School teens create pop-up store to help homeless (11/9/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: One-on-one chats with candidates as mayoral race winds up (10/14/2014)

Palo Alto Weekly: Board of Supervisors approve funding to expand North County homeless services (10/9/2014)

Inside Self-Storage: Bellam Self Storage & Boxes in San Rafael, CA, Praised for Environmental Stewardship (10/6/2014)

ABC 7 News: Pack project gets clothing, supplies directly to homeless (10/6/2014)

CBS SF Bay Area: San Jose City Councilman Suggests Hiring Homeless to Clean Up Blighted Freeway Ramps (10/5/2014)

Pacific Sun: Heroes of Marin Revisited (10/2/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose: MMA fighter Matt Major sees loss in comeback fight as minor blow (9/14/2014)

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose: Homeless MMA fighter training for a comeback fight (8/30/2014)

San Jose Inside: Homeless Programs Take Different Paths to Address Crisis (8/27/2014)

Palo Alto Online: Downtown Streets Team to run Palo Alto Food Closet (8/22/2014)

Pacific Sun: Downtown Streets Team sweeps up another contract with San Rafael (8/21/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: San Rafael renews contract with homeless street-cleaning team (8/20/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: Marin Voice: San Rafael’s streets team project shows homeless just need a chance (8/06/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: Editorial: San Rafael Streets Team needs backing (7/24/2014)

Care2: Cleanup Program Gives San Jose’s Homeless a Path to Housing and Employment (7/24/14)

Pacific Sun: Marin Uncovered: A clean sweep (7/18/2014)

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Can new jobs and microunits help fix Silicon Valley’s homelessness epidemic? (7/17/2014)

Marin Independent Journal: Marin Voice: City’s ‘zero tolerance’ goal on illegal campsites7/12/2014

San Jose Mercury News: San Jose: Homeless cleaning up downtown as part of new program 7/11/2014

Marin Independent Journal: Encampment fires a hot topic at San Rafael meeting about homeless 7/10/2014

KTVU Channel 2 News (video): SAN JOSE: Program hires homeless to clean up San Jose streets 7/7/2014

Palo Alto Online: Rich Chili Wins July Fourth Chili Cook-Off 7/7/2014

San Jose Mercury news: Santa Clara County’s Housing 1000 focuses on chronic homelessness 6/25/2014 Former Napster CEO Aims to End Homelessness in Five Years 4/9/2014

Keep Marin Marin: San Rafael Downtown Streets Team Helps Keep Marin Working 3/28/2014

Verde: Cleaning the Streets 3/26/2014

San Jose Inside: City Looks to Spend $2 Million to House the Homeless 2/9/2014

Marin Independent Journal: San Rafael Streets Team Off to a Promising Start 2/9/2014

Marin Independent Journal: San Rafael Streets Cleaning Program Helps Homeless Find Jobs 1/27/2014


Peninsula Press: San Jose City Leaders Consider Competing Visions to Serve Growing Homeless Population 10/8/2013

Business Insider: Former Napster CEO is Doing Incredible Work To Help Silicon Valley’s Homeless 8/31/2013

Marin Independent Journal: Cigarette Eater Meter in San Rafael Collects 50,000 Cigarette Butts 8/28/2013

Marin Independent Journal: Editorial: San Rafael Puts Homeless Plan Into Motion 8/18/2013

Marin Independent Journal: Work Experience, Street Cleaning Program for Homeless Launches in San Rafael 8/9/2013

San Jose Mercury News: Pizarro: Joan Baez to Headline Benefit Concert in San Jose For Downtown Streets Team 6/13/2013

San Jose Mercury News: Sunnyvale Armory Development to Move Forward 5/16/2013

Palo Alto Online: Ban on Vehicle Dwelling Back on the Table 5/14/2013

Jackson Browne: MMusic Legends Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris Join Forces With the Downtown Streets Team to End Homelessness 4/16/2013

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Women of Influence: Eileen Richardson, Downtown Streets Team 4/5/2013

San Jose Mercury News/Sunnyvale Sun: Sunnyvale’s Homeless Find Hope in Downtown Streets Team  3/21/2013

Silicon Valley Business Journal: Women of Influence Award Winners Named from IBM, ebay, PayPal, Box, Symantec, the 49ers and more! 3/19/2013

Adobe Youth Voices: The Truth: A Documentary About Changing the Perception of the Homeless in Downtown San Jose 3/12/2013

Marin Independent Journal: Editorial: San Rafael Takes Bold Step Regarding Homelessness Downtown 2/25/2013

Innov8Social: Interview with Andrew Hening (Mgr. of Employment Services) about Social Enterprise 2/11/2013

San Jose Mercury News: Cleanup of San Jose Creek Yields Squishy Surprises 2/9/2013

NBC Bay Area: Guadalupe River Park Becoming a Haven for the Homeless 2/8/2013

San Jose Mercury News: Counting the Homeless 1/28/2013


San Jose Mercury News: Wishbook: Cleaning Up Lives 11/24/2012

Palo Alto Online: Holiday Fund: Reaching out to the Streets 11/17/2012

Al Jazeera: America’s Prison Problem 11/1/2012

KQED: Prop. 36: No Life Sentence for ’3rd Strike’ if Nonviolent 10/16/12

Palo Alto Online: On Deadline: Revolutionary ‘Streets Team’ Expands its Vision, Horizons 9/14/2012

San Jose Inside: City Transitioning Homeless into Housing 6/22/2012

Palo Alto Online: Report Urges More Funding for Palo Alto Nonprofits 6/22/2012

The New York Times: After Sweeps, San Jose Stores Property of Homeless 6/19/2012

Press Release from City of San Jose: Renovated Affordable Housing Development Brings San José Closer to Ending Homelessness While Fighting Neighborhood Blight6/19/2012

Housing 1000 Blog: Interview with Chris Richardson, Director of Program Operations with 5/31/2012

Palo Alto Online: Nonprofits Receive $353K in Holiday Fund Grants 5/4/2012

SJSU Spartan Daily: Downtown Streets Team Aims to Helps San Jose’s Homeless Get Back On Their Feet 4/9/2012

HomeAid Press Release:  Grand Opening and Dedication of Workforce Supportive Housing Shelter 1/16/2012


Palo Alto Online: Mayor’s Wish List: Volunteers with the Giving Spirit  11/28/2011

Palo Alto Blog (via San Jose Mercury News): Cleaning Up: Palo Alto Downtown Streets Team Sees Budget Grow from $45k to Nearly $1.3m, Extends Reach 11/24/2011

Palo Alto Patch: Volunteers Prepare 500 Meals for Thanksgiving Feed 11/23/2011

ABC News: What Makes Palo Alto Residents So Smart? 11/15/2011

Palo Alto Online: Seeking Stability 11/14/2011

Palo Alto Online: The Opportunity Center Takes Stock  10/14/2011

100,000 Homes Blog: San Jose Taps EPA to Help House Homeless Population 6/23/2011

ABC News: SJ Campaign Gives Homeless Jobs, Cleaner Creek 6/9/2011

The New York Times: Arguing Three Strikes 5/21/2011

SJSU Today (via San Jose Mercury News): University Joins Effort to Aid Homeless While Reducing Trash Along Coyote Creek 5/10/2011


Paly Voice: Downtown Street Team Works to End Joblessness 12/15/2010

Palo Alto Online: A Hand Up for the Homeless 11/22/2010

Peninsula Press: Homeless Investing in Palo Alto with Downtown Streets Team 11/8/2010


Palo Alto Online: Downtown Streets Team Up for a National Award 5/28/2009


Business Journal: Palo Alto Streets Team Makes a Clean Sweep 5/27/2008


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