The Exhibit

“An American Dream?” is the work of eight amazing women who met, learned, cried, laughed and worked together to produce powerful portraits of courage and resiliency. These photographs and narratives are organized around themes that the group found it important to address in their research: the living conditions that families are forced to endure, their impact on health and well-being, fear of eviction and ending up on the streets, the fires and displacement occurring in the Mission, resiliency and hope, and potential changes and solutions.

2. Nuestro patio trasero / Our backyard

2. Nuestro patio trasero / Our backyard
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Although my husband works long hours to support the family, paying rent takes up most of what he makes. In the unit where we live, the owner of the house uses the yard as a dumping ground and our children have no safe place to play. The accumulation of garbage attracts cockroaches, flies, and other animals that threaten the health of my family. I wonder if, as tenants who pay rent on time, there is a way to remedy this situation with the owner of the house without running the risk of being evicted.


PhotoVoice Exhibit Credits

Ada Alvarado
Karen Cohn
Shivaun Nestor
Laura Olivas
Dairo Romero
Exhibition Volunteers
Leticia Contreras
Lili Dominguez
Margarita Herrera
Cynthia Melgoza
Lucia Obregón
Liliana Ocegueda
Sarah Saavedra
Community Partners
Felton House
Homeless Prenatal Program
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Good Samaritan Family Resource Centers
Additional Funding From
First5 San Francisco
San Francisco Public Health Foundation
Special Thanks To:
Ana Alfaro
Alison Bell
Ayanna Bennett
Serena Chuong
Carmen Campuzano
Karoleen Feng
Barbara Garcia
Christopher Gil
Mary Hansell
Alicia Leon Jhong
Laurel Koomak
Edward Mamary
Melissa Martin
Joshua Nossiter
Liliana Ocegueda
Nancy Sarieh
Dawn Surratt
Samy’s Camera (John, Neko, Troy, & Yesica)
Bertha Villalobos