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    Why do you think people are homeless and living on the streets? Do you think it is their fault? What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Oakland? Homelessness has a big impact on Oakland

    Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland

    Why do you think people are homeless and living on the streets? Do you think it is their fault? What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Oakland? Homelessness has a big impact on Oakland...

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    • Jacqueline,

      I agree with your post “Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland” because since I am an Oakland resident myself, I have also noticed that Homelessness has been a huge problem here in this city. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “…But if you actually talk to someone then you will know that they are homeless because they can’t keep a roof over their head…” I think this is important to know because I feel like homeless folks don’t become homeless on purpose, it’s just very difficult for them to be able to pay for their costs to live under the roof. Another sentence that stood out to me was: “Hopefully, the community overcomes the impediment of homelessness so that people can live a better life and no longer be homeless.” This stood out for me because it made me & hopefully other readers that we shouldn’t just stand there and watch them sleep on the streets, instead we should help them out and not let them suffer alone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it made me realize that not all people on the streets choose to be homeless or want money for drugs. Some actually want to improve and be able to have a roof over their heads. Again, thanks for sharing your piece of writing, I look forward to reading more.

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was, ” we shouldn’t just stand there and watch them sleep on the streets, instead we should help them out and not let them suffer alone.” I agree with you because the homeless population is just increasing and there is not many people doing anything to help. Look forward to hearing back!

        • Dear, Isaiah

          I feel connected with your post “Struggles Being Homeless In Oakland” Because I can see why you want to fix homelessness in Oakland, The rent for houses are high now in then and people cant afford to buy a house and it is tough to see people living in tent on the streets just because they can’t afford a house. One sentence that stood out for me is “A stereotype about homeless people is that they’re drug addicts and alcoholics.” This stood out for me because people assume a lot of things about homeless people thinking they are “crack addicts” I don’t think all homeless people are not drug abusers they have their life choices. They can had made a promise to themselves to not do drugs or drink alcohol even if they are homeless or not. However one thing that I disagree with was “A way to fix homelessness is to lower rent prices because high rent is a leading cause of people losing their house.” Have you ever thought about people who are homeless they can live in homelessness camps which people who work there can help feed the homeless people and give them a place to stay for awhile.

        • Dear Jacqueline,

          I think your post very positive and informational because homeless people really do not have a platform to speak their mind. I feel it is important that the homeless get to share their experiences as every human should. I feel that in a way you captured that in this article. One comment I can make on this piece is about he quote, ” Is it their fault that their homeless?”. Since it is a question, yes I do believe that most people who are homeless is due to their own actions. Whether it is drugs, bad affiliation or alcohol. It still is their choice at the end of the day. Thanks for writing this piece. Keep it up thooter.

        • Jacqueline,

          I live in Berkeley and the downtown area has around 30 homeless people, do you think that they should be relocated, if so than where. I do appreciate how analytical your blog post is. When you said “lower rent prices” could prevent homlesnes, I would disagree because if there were houses or apartments that are empty than the prices would go down in those homes, but the problem lies more in the fact that there is no uninhabited housing to be lowered.

        • Dear Jacqueline,

          I am a student at SJSU. First of all, I just want to let you know that I have learned a lot when I read your blog. Your blog post is very informative and well-organized and I can see the effort that you have put into writing this blog. You begin your blog post by asking some questions about your topic, and one first question that stood out to me the most is “Why do you think people are homeless and living on the streets?” For me, I think people are homeless and choose to live on the streets because of many reasons such as lack of money to support themselves, unemployment and many other things. Some people want to have more freedom and feel more comfortable since if they live in a shelter then they have to follow the rule and cannot do the thing that they want. Interestingly, you believe “most homeless people become homeless because of expensive housing and not because they are alcoholics and/or drug addicts.” However, there are homeless shelters across the country and are free of charge that the government has offered. But some people hate the restrictions in the shelters so they choose to live outdoors and enjoy doing their own things. On the other hand, you have included all the important information about reasons for people being homeless. Is it possible to end homelessness? This question might be tricky because everyone will have different perspectives when they answer this question. Overall, I think you did an amazing job of writing this blog.

          Thank you for writing and sharing this blog, Jacqueline! I will look forward to reading more blogs from you.

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        Artist Statement

        BY: Jackie Lautaimi

        The objects in this shadow box represent me and my point of view and some counter and dominant narratives about me. When people look at me they see a young girl, but

        jackie's shadow box

        Artist Statement BY: Jackie Lautaimi The objects in this shadow box represent me and my point of view and some counter and dominant narratives about me. When people look at me they see a young girl, but I’m much more than...

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        • Dear Jackie,

          Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because after reading your artist statement, I felt empowered. Reading your artist statement made me realize that we should learn to ignore the different stereotypes people think about us and learn to love ourselves for who we are. I also appreciate how you made it clear that even though you weren’t what people expected you to be, like for example Mexican, you still were proud enough to say you weren’t and you are proud to be Native American/Tongan. Again, thanks for writing and I’m hoping to hear more from you, until next time!

          Sincerely,
          Jennifer R.

        • Hi Jackie! My name is Miah and I’m a student at San Jose State University. Your shadow box is beautiful! I love how you acknowledged where you come from with different artifacts related to your ethnicity such as the sage and the beaded earrings. It was such a cool idea to put the flag of Mexico on the outside of the box showing that it maybe what people see on the outside, but that’s not what you are on the inside. It was a very nice touch.

        • Dear Jackie,
          I really like your artist statement. Also thanking you for sharing your story with us and all of your culture and traditions with us.

          Sincerely,
          Fernanda B.S

        • Hello Jackie! My name is Aerielle, I am a student at San Jose State! In your shadow box you did a really good job of summarizing who you are! Like you, I embrace who I am too! I’m happy that you are happy with who you are and you are proud of every aspect of yourself! The earring seems like something really cool to learn how to make! Do you know how to make an earring like that as well? I like that you added things that you struggled with because it shows that you acknowledge these hardships and you are now past it and have grown up and learned from it. It is good to accept the problems you encounter in life and learn from it! Good job on your shadow box!

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