When Homelessness Still Shocked

This story was published in Tradeswomen Magazine in 1995, but it’s set in the early 80s when encountering homeless people was not yet a daily phenomenon. Young folks won’t remember but there was a time in San Francisco and in other cities when we didn’t have to step over people sleeping in doorways and on sidewalks. It was before Reagan, as governor of California, closed down mental health facilities and sent their residents into the streets. Before buying a house in the city became out of the reach of most working people. Before the commutes of construction workers averaged two hours from far-flung communities on the outskirts. Before we got used to it.

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Author: tradeswomn

I'm a long-time tradeswoman activist, retired electrician and electrical inspector. I live in Santa Rosa, CA. I also share a travel blog with my wife, Holly: travelswithmoho.wordpress.com.

One thought on “When Homelessness Still Shocked”

  1. Dear Molly,

    I appreciate your sending me your tradeswoman musings; however, the print is so small I am unable to read them! I tried to copy and paste it onto Word but my computer would not let me copy it! Very frustrating. Any suggestions?

    Hope you are doing well and keeping busy during this lockdown. I’m doing ok; just miss seeing friends and family. One day at a time!!

    Fondly, Minerva

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