A group of homeless moms rallied at San Francisco city hall to advocate for more funding on May 9, 2019.

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On Mother's Day, Homeless Moms Share Tales Of Endurance

May 12, 2019 - 12:56 am

Some San Francisco moms who are homeless talked to KCBS Radio about the unique challenges that they face. 

Jessica Boykins has three children but currently no permanent home:

"We've been staying, like, from house to house, motel to motel, emergency shelters, back to back, staying with people that treat us wrong and then motels," Boykins said recently.

Boykins is from Richmond but now lives in San Francisco, and she says that her first responsibility is to her children:

"I've been strong for my kids, and we've been doing good 'cause I have no choice," said Boykins. "I'm the only one that's there for them."

Boykins is set to move into permanent supportive housing in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood on May 20th, while Megan Johnson lives in homeless shelters with her two young children:

"Tasks that are mundane and normally stress-free for people that live in houses, it is a struggle for people that don't have those resources," Johnson said. 

Johnson said she hopes homeless moms know how much their kids appreciate them. She and Boykins were part of a group of homeless mothers at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday advocating for funding to support homeless parents.