Center helps youth with health, housing issues

Shakeyla O’Cain,right, a rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, works with client Nakiyah Kennard at the center in the Bayview on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Shakeyla O’Cain,right, a rehousing coordinator at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, works with client Nakiyah Kennard at the center in the Bayview on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Following the death of her mother two years ago, 21-year-old Tiana Faataui and her brother were left alone in the four-bedroom Bayview District apartment that her family had shared.

But after her brother took his name off of the section 8 lease, Faataui was told she could no longer stay.

“I’m young so I’m still new to this and don’t really understand how any of this paperwork or housing goes,” said Faataui who quit her job to attend cosmetology school.

Faataui is one of more than 1,200 youths aged 12 through 24 who walk through the doors of the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic at 1728 Bancroft St. each year seeking help. On a recent Wednesday, a sign that read “3rd Street Safe Zone” was hung in one of the center’s windows, and inside colorful posters and art decorated two exam rooms and two therapy rooms . . .

Read more by Laura Waxmann at San Francisco Examiner