Letters and Politics

The Community of Grace: The Bay Area’s Unhoused Communities

Take a look inside one of the new symbols of the San Fransisco Bay Area; a tent village where many unhoused people live in the middle of our cities, in one of the wealthiest regions in the world. We will explore this encampment using the interviews and recordings of its own residents. Since 2015 there has been a 25% increase in the homeless population just in Oakland, which has recently brought camps like the one in this documentary to the city administration’s attention. Today, we talk to Lucy Kang about her documentary and what she learned during her extended research into the Community of Grace and its inhabitants.

Guest: Lucy Kang is a journalist and producer at KPFA. Most recently she has come out with her radio documentary on one of Oakland’s unhoused communities, entitled The Community of Grace. Kang spent over two months visiting and recording interviews with the residents of this community to give us this look into the reality of homelessness.

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