(But This Problem Runs Much Deeper)

“If the Mayor wants the city to be tent-free, we need to make some policy decisions … San Francisco attracts unsheltered people to our city due to a lack of real enforcement and the many amenities we provide to folks.”

“Advocacy groups have been expressing concerns about HSOC’s efforts, demanding that we stop all operations until everyone can be offered permanent housing … None of this sounds well-reasoned…”

“HSOC has been resolving encampments and made it extremely clear that Public Works should be removing and/or relocating Pit Stops so that these sites did [sic] not re-establish.”

— Various San Francisco…


2021 Homeless Hotels and the Pandemic

Hotel Acquisition for Long Term Success

Introduction

As San Francisco moves cautiously into a “post-pandemic” reality, it’s crucial that we act on the lessons our City has learned, at such great cost, during this time of COVID. The pandemic exposed long-standing inequalities — racial, economic, and even between zip codes — that have been corrosive to San Francisco’s community health, its sustainable economy, and our shared life.

The impact of inequality during COVID was strikingly illustrated by the struggles of San Francisco’s unhoused residents. Some emergency interventions, like the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels, showed that even in a pandemic, as UCSF’s Dr. Margot Kushel says, “There is…


This is an open letter to Mayor London Breed, signed by 50 local organizations, urging a plan for SIP hotel residents that does not mean a return to the streets.

February 10, 2021

Honorable London Breed

Mayor of San Francisco

1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, room 200

San Francisco, CA 94102

Dear Mayor Breed,

We are a group of service providers, people with lived experience with homelessness and community stakeholders who came together after the plan to close the SIP hotels was announced in October. We were concerned that this announcement was made before there was an adequate housing plan…


The ongoing violence of encampment sweeps in San Francisco

By Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness

This story is reposted from the Street Sheet website: www.streetsheet.org

Linda is a young, petite, Black woman who had just lost her boyfriend to an overdose. This tragic, preventable death is a particularly hard one for loved ones to carry, the “what ifs” and the “if onlys” running wild. For Linda the “what if” and “if only” was housing — she believed her boyfriend would not have died if the housing promised to him had been delivered.

Her boyfriend was homeless…


City May Abandon Housing for Thousands of Unhoused Residents While Removing Tents

San Francisco, CA — As thousands protest to end police violence during a pandemic, disproportionately black homeless residents may face massive police enforcement in a settlement reached between the City of San Francisco and UC Hastings College of Law. The settlement compels the City to “employ enforcement measures” for those who do not accept shelter placements or safe sleeping sites — yet provides less than 10% of homeless residents with such offers.

Three Tenderloin based nonprofits, Hospitality House, Faithful Fools, and the Coalition on Homelessness, seeking to intervene on behalf of homeless residents, raise serious moral and legal concerns about…


Since Mayor London Breed declared a State of Emergency on February 26th, we have urgently called on the city to offer medically-indicated shelter and services to our unhoused people. As medical professionals, community health workers, homeless activists, formerly and currently unhoused people and members of a vast mutual aid network, we were gravely concerned about the risk to human life the pandemic posed to unhoused people, who are uniquely at risk for poor outcomes from COVID-19. What we feared has come to pass. …


by Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness

“After all, every homeless Californian, living on a boulevard of broken dreams, is a casualty of institutional failures — a person who’s fallen through every possible hole in the safety net.”

On February 19, 2020 California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave his State of the State speech, focusing in large part on addressing homelessness. In many ways this was brave, as politicians have been ignoring this issue on the state and federal level since mass homelessness hit the country in the early 1980s, figuring that the issue was unwinnable. The following…


story by TJ Johnston

Photo illustration by Upzone the Memes

Toilets and small shelters for San Francisco’s unhoused folk are part of a federal probe on corruption involving a City official.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on January 27 that Mohammed Nuru, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works, has been charged with honest services wire fraud in an alleged bribery scheme involving a member of the City’s Airport Commission.

He was arrested yesterday (Jan. 28), but was previously arrested five days earlier for “falsely denying (the disclosure of) an investigation,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson told reporters at a press conference. …


by Sam Lew

Following the November 5 election, moderates and progressives held their breath at 4 p.m. for several days, anxiously awaiting election results as ballots were counted. It was a low-voter turnout election, with less than 42% of registered San Francisco voters voting, and for two races — the run for District Attorney and District 5 Supervisor — it was going to be close. Very close. Saturday afternoon the winners were declared, and this time around, San Francisco’s progressives won big, beating out two of the Mayor’s endorsed candidates, who were also mayoral-appointed incumbents. …


Especially if You are Pregnant

By Lily Barnard and Nicole Gordon

Lily Barnard is a fourth year medical student UCSF and Nicole Gordon is a Family Medicine physician at Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital.

In San Francisco, all pregnant people should be prioritized for shelter and housing.

We are health professionals at UCSF and are here to ask you to help us guarantee this. We will spend our lifetimes taking care of pregnant individuals and their children. Taking care means managing chronic illnesses and preventing poor health outcomes.

Pregnant people experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of preterm delivery and increased risk of delivering a newborn with low birth weight. Preterm birth and…

Street Sheet

The STREET SHEET is a San Francisco-based street newspaper published by the Coalition on Homelessness, dedicated to covering issues of homelessness and poverty.

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