Society is shamefully turning its back on the desperate

Every morning, I drive to work down Brush Street, from 12th to 2nd streets, in Oakland. Every day I drive under the highway, I pass by pathetic collections of piled debris stacked against the fences, each an elaborate construction with a soft, sick human being in the...

Mental Illness is not a Crime

  “We have embraced the idea that being mentally sick is a crime.” It is way past time to overhaul the U.S. prison system. I’m not talking about a little tweak here and there. I’m talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade...

MOVE IN day at Michael’s Village!

Last week was an extremely important one for Step Up as we supported 21 individuals – all of whom have been living on the streets of Hollywood for many years- as they moved into their new home in Michael’s Village.  It was amazing to witness so many people...

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