For 12 years, Homeless Youth Alliance (HYA) operated a drop-in center for homeless teens and young adults in the Upper Haight, the neighborhood made famous by the Summer of Love. HYA's drop-in was a safe place where 150 youth per day could take a shower, eat a hot meal, talk to a therapist or counselor, and get medical attention. Then, in 2013, Homeless Youth Alliance lost its lease.
Due to widespread stigma and fear of the area's homeless youth, HYA was turned down by 200 potential landlords. Led by the indomitable Mary Howe, a formerly homeless youth herself, the organization now does all its work outdoors, on the streets, where the kids are.
Filmmaker Roger Hill chronicles the battle of San Francisco's most resilient and besieged human services organization to stay in the neighborhood where its services are so desperately needed. See how HYA persists against enormous odds and in the fraught landscape of a transformed San Francisco.