Everyone Deserves a Home

Everyone Deserves A Home

A Multimedia Exhibit by Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing of 40 portraits featuring individuals who have experienced homelessness paired with recordings of the participant’s personal stories.

With funding and support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


” You can’t judge a book by its cover. I’ll be at a bus stop and there will be some people waiting for the bus and they see some homeless people sitting on the ground and they get to thinking about them and I be like, well I was homeless too. ” – Patricia

The subjects photographed have experienced homelessness and significant health issues prior to finding their current home in supportive housing communities operated by DISH. Their stories about how they got here are laced with challenging themes – struggles with trauma, neglect, substance use and the corrosive effects of poverty and racism.

Yet in addition to their challenges, these stories are also rich with many other compelling themes – pride in accomplishments, resiliency in the face of obstacles, hopes for a brighter future, and unbridled love for our unique city. From master’s degrees in the arts and sciences, to expressive musical talents, to business expertise, and years of dedicated service in the armed forces, these often ignored members of our community have amazing histories, engaging life experiences to share, and significant contributions to make. The goal of this project is to highlight the gap in understanding between public perception of San Francisco’s homeless population and the actual rich and compelling history of our fellow San Franciscans.

Come listen to these multifaceted stories of struggle and heart, witness incredible portraits of incredible people and experience a piece of SF’s supportive housing community in a new light.

” No matter how sad I am or what I think I can’t get through, I know I will overcome it. ” – Juanita

•  Click here to view the portraits. To hear the stories of the tenants who agreed to share with us, click on the names in blue.

•  Click here to read about the Project History.

•  Click here to hear longer versions of select interviews as featured on KALW’s CrossCurrents as a part of their “SRO Stories” series.

•  Interested in showcasing the exhibit in a gallery or office space? Email [email protected] and include “portrait exhibit” in the subject line.