This week, nonprofit art space The Hill Street Country Club opened an exhibition of portrait photography of unsheltered individuals plus onsite programming, panels and events dedicated to homelessness.
“Stories from the Street” features work by photographer Jordan Elijah Verdin, and is curated by Oscarin Ortega. The portraits are of unsheltered individuals, each living within a one-mile radius of HSCC in Oceanside.
Listen to this story by Tania Thorne.
Homelessness in Oceanside is at the center of a debate in recent weeks. On April 7, the Oceanside City Council declared camping in public spaces illegal, and increased spending towards finding alternate housing — namely vouchers for motel rooms. As of Tuesday, the Oceanside Police Department moved the people from a nearby encampment to a motel.
One of the portraits featured is Kathleena Alphonse, known to many as Mama