Former Napster CEO behind nonprofit that puts homeless to work

Former Napster CEO Eileen Richardson left the “hub hub” of the Silicon Valley and started a nonprofit that puts the homeless to work. The Downtown Streets Team has been keeping San Jose clean for over a decade. It’s simple, take a pride in a day’s work and in return the DST staff will provide a path to housing, jobs, and provide a supportive community environment that builds self-esteem. The program has taken over 2,000 people off the streets and back to work. It has been so successful that 15 different cities around the Bay Area now have Downtown Streets Programs. Mayor London Breed was so impressed with its success she hopes to triple the programs in San Francisco over the next few years. Frank Mallicoat reports

Former Napster CEO behind nonprofit that puts homeless to work

Former Napster CEO Eileen Richardson left the “hub hub” of the Silicon Valley and started a nonprofit that puts the homeless to work. The Downtown Streets Team has been keeping San Jose clean for over a decade. It’s simple, take a pride in a day’s work and in return the DST staff will provide a path to housing, jobs, and provide a supportive community environment that builds self-esteem. The program has taken over 2,000 people off the streets and back to work. It has been so successful that 15 different cities around the Bay Area now have Downtown Streets Programs. Mayor London Breed was so impressed with its success she hopes to triple the programs in San Francisco over the next few years. Frank Mallicoat reports

San Francisco Measure C to fund homeless services still tied up in court

Nearly a year after 61% of San Francisco voters passed Proposition C, a ballot measure to help fund homeless services, the money is still tied up in court.  The measure put an average 0.5% tax gross receipts tax on companies with more than $50 million in annual revenue.  The estimated $300 million from about 400 eligible companies, would go towards homeless programs.

Thousands of Bay Area students struggle to balance homelessness, education

Rudy Hurtado is one of San Francisco's "hidden homeless." He came to the U.S. from El Salvador four years ago, at the age of 16, and is still struggling to find a stable home. Now a 20-year-old sophomore at San Francisco State University, he said one of the hardest parts of being homeless was when he was in high school: he felt very alone. 

Homeless laws in California and Bay Area explained

In California, there are hundreds of “anti-homeless” laws. Although there is nothing that specifically bans or restricts homelessness, cities in the Golden State have created nearly a thousand codes and ordinances that experts and homeless advocates argue disproportionately affect unsheltered people.