Taking Stock

The city has been sweeping up homeless encampments and confiscating belongings. We asked youth what they carry with them.



Hear homeless youth talk about the possessions they carry

Michael, 24, carries headphones, highlighters, condoms, soap, a ribbon, some broken glasses that serve as a mirror, and half an Italian sandwich. He keeps a pair of stones in his jacket pocket.
Michael’s journal
Harley met his wife, Gabrielle, hitchhiking. They list a marriage license, clothes, food, journals, dog stuff, and weed equipment among their belongings.
Useful items are often found on or near trash bins.
Many homeless youth have phones, tablets, and other tech to stay in touch.
The park rangers will cruise the bluffs overlooking Ocean Beach to evict overnight campers.
Jeremiah carries his Bible, in which he keeps a silk orchid.
Stony, 20, lives in a car with her boyfriend and their three dogs.
Shay with his dog, Sour Cream. Many homeless youth say their dogs are their dearest companions.


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