Model for the Coastside Inn? KPDO’s Coastside Conversations Interviews Homeless Advocate and Urban Alchemy’s Founder Lena Miller
Catherine Peery sat down by Zoom with Urban Alchemy’s Lena Miller. Together they explore how the Urban Alchemy approach might apply to the City of Half Moon Bay’s new homeless hotel, the Coastside Inn.
Urban Alchemy provides toilets and is the largest local provider of mobile showers in the county. They put homeless to work by cleaning streets. During SIP (Covid-19’s Shelter in Place) Urban Alchemy started up and managed 3 homeless hotels, including one on Lombard, in San Francisco. Lena’s team as created a Safe Sleeping Village with 150 tents.
Urban Alchemy has 650 staff in Bay Area and LA.
~ Recorded in January 2021.
We are a community radio station serving Pescadero, CA and the South Coast. We are a 501c3 non-commercial, and listener-sponsored station. The station provides access to local DJ hosted shows ranging from public affairs, news, music programming, and emergency service announcements, both locally and nationally sourced. KPDO also has volunteers in the local school district to provide medial learning opportunities to local students.
Pescadero Public Radio Service (PPRS) has developed community support and good relationships with the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District, local nonprofits, and community leaders. Our most important purposes are:
– Youth Broadcast Journalism at Pescadero Schools
– Emergency Communications for Pescadero and the Southcoast
– Locally run and operated Community News and Entertainment
In order to meet our goals we have developed Youth Broadcast Journalism classes, developed procedures and protocols for the radio station in the event of emergency, recruited DJ’s and trained them to provide local news and entertainment, and have met all FCC requirements and received approvals for the legal operation of the Station, including approval of the Radio Frequency, the antenna site (currently approved on Reservoir Road), and the power, 100 watt.