Tag Archives: homeless

A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a spokesperson for the city’s...
Kimberley Walley, displaced from the Graywood hotel at 3308 Mission St. by a five-alarm fire, stands in front of the 16th and Shotwell street tent encampment where she most recently lived. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

PG&E Turns the Lights on SF Mission Homeless

Pacific Gas and Electric has installed temporary light fixtures at its Shotwell Street yard that the company said are an attempt to ramp up security measures, in part as a result of recent conversations with neighbors about homeless encampments in the area. The lights elicited a mixed reactions from those living in the tents, some of whom consider the bright...
Community advocate Raeleen Valle-Brenes assists April, a resident of the Trainor Street homeless encampment, with her voter registration form. Photo by Laura Waxmann

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...
The block of 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets, cleared of its encampment. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Second Homeless Encampment Dismantled Under New Program

Homeless encampments in the Mission District are being “resolved” one by one, said city officials on Friday, in a bid to move unhoused San Franciscans into transitional shelter and offer them various services. The difference between this and other encampment sweeps? Those who refuse services are told not to return to their former campsites. Jason Albertson, head of the Encampment...
The family of Luis Gonogra Pat, shot by SFPD officers in April, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, announced their attorney, Adante Pointer (left). Photo by Laura Waxmann

Family of Man Shot by Police Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

The family of the 45-year-old Mayan homeless man shot by police near a Mission District tent encampment on April 7 filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers involved on Friday. The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of Luis Gongora Pat’s death and comes on the heels of an autopsy report released last week....
Community organizer Adriana Camarena addressed community members at meeting held to address homeless encampments in the Mission. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Community Challenges City’s Plans to Remove Tents, House Homeless

Community members and homeless advocates frustrated over dozens of tents that have popped up in the Mission District shouted down city and police officials on Wednesday during a discussion of a new plan to tackle homeless encampments in the neighborhood. “We had encampments catch on fire right on my street. After living here all these years, I’ve seen things really...
The encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Campos: Mission Homeless Tents Gone in 4 Months

Supervisor David Campos announced on Monday that within four months, all of the homeless encampments in the Mission District would be dismantled. “Our plan, and my commitment to you, is to remove all Mission encampments within the next four months, in an effective and humane manner,” said Campos in a press release addressed to Mission District residents and businesses. “I...
Folsom Street between 15th and 16th streets on Friday morning, hours after a man had been found dead by homeless residents. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Man Found Dead on Folsom Street

The first time the ambulance was called for the dead man on Folsom Street, he was still alive, according to witnesses. Two hours later, when the same witnesses called a second time, he had already died. Still, the ambulance did not come. “He was halfway on the sidewalk, really twisted,” said a man staying in a tent on Folsom Street...
John Visor (left) and Jose Gongora Pat, the younger brother of Luis Gongora Pat,    stand in front of a memorial honoring the slain man on September 7. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Months After Police Shooting, Community Members Press for Justice

Family and advocates seeking criminal penalties for the officers who shot Luis Gongora Pat – a 45-year-old homeless man living in the Mission District – gathered at the site of his shooting Wednesday morning to mark the five-month anniversary of his death. “I miss him very much, and I wish that he was still here,” said John Visor, a homeless...
Mission Station. File photo.

Angry SF Residents Face Off With Police on Crime

Some 30 Mission residents who crowded into a monthly police meeting held Tuesday grilled the neighborhood’s police captain and supervisor about their plans to address what residents described as a clear increase in criminal activity on their streets that has left them fearful. The group blamed the police and city officials for being ineffective in prosecuting sex workers and dismantling homeless...
Kimberley Walley stands in front of the tent she shares with her husband, Henry Texada, after the couple was displaced from their SRO room following a June 18 fire. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fire Victims, Told to Find Housing by City, Now Homeless

Despite promises from city leaders that the 58 tenants displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets would be housed, at least two tenants from the Graywood Hotel, which was ravaged by a five-alarm fire in June, are again homeless and living in a tent on 16th Street near Folsom Street. “The mayor said that none of us was gonna go...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Troubled Public Plaza Will Be Fenced Off To Divert Homeless

Plans for installing a fence around McCoppin Hub, a public plaza that has become a hangout for some of the city’s homeless, are underway with construction set to begin as early as next month. In a collaboration between various city agencies including Public Works and the Department of Public Health, a contractor is expected to deliver a final proposal and...
The Department of Public Works storage facility is located at 2323 Cesar Chavez St.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Property of San Francisco Homeless Routinely Disappeared by City

Despite a large number of well-publicized sweeps and routine cleanups of homeless encampments throughout the city, records on file with the Department of Public Works show that city cleaning crews only picked up and preserved the personal belongings of 23 homeless people over a six-month period.   Since February, two major homeless settlements underneath the Division Street and the Cesar Chavez...
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“I much rather be homeless than a victim of domestic violence.” – Queen

This story originally appeared on Stories Behind the Fog, a collection of narratives from homeless individuals, in their own words. This is Queen’s story – she stays in a shelter in the Mission District. You can see more stories here. Love can sometimes be the worst that could happen to you. Blinded by you heart can lead you into fucked...