Tag Archives: homeless

An encampment near Division Street after the crackdown by the city in February 2016. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros

San Francisco Homeless Respond to Tent Ban

“I think that’s pretty shitty,” said Greg Jensen, a 52-year-old homeless man in the Mission District, of a proposed law that would ban tent encampments and give the city the power to seize the property of those who refuse to disperse. “What the fuck?” Jensen added, scratching off a lottery ticket near his encampment. “They’re gonna take my stuff and...
The Navigation Center at 1950 Mission Street will be turned into 165 units of affordable housing. Photo  by Joe Rivano Barros.

San Francisco Will Add New Centers for the Homeless

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that requires the city to build six more so-called Navigation Centers in the next two years to get more homeless residents off the streets.  The vote follows the success of the nationally-lauded 75-bed Navigation Center located on Mission Street near the 16th Street BART Plaza. The transitional shelter focuses on moving small groups from...
Darcel Jackson in his Mission District home. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Formerly Homeless Candidate Drops Out of SF Mission Race

Darcel Jackson, the formerly homeless app maker who entered the race for District Nine supervisor in March, bowed out on Tuesday citing “financial restraints” ahead of a $500 filing deadline today. “I had to pay them $500 by 5 o’clock today and I don’t have it,” Jackson said. “If I had more time I could get it.” The Department of Elections...
The nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen planned to move into an empty commercial space at 1930 Mission St. Photo by Lola Chavez

Nun Soup Kitchen Imperiled by SF Mission Condo Owners

The fate of a soup kitchen evicted from the Tenderloin in February remains uncertain, even though the two French nuns who run it thought they had found a home in the Mission a month later. Residents at the new location, 1930 Mission St. between 16th and 15th streets, have voiced concerns about allowing the nuns to purchase a unit there. The...
Police officers towing away a stolen motorcycle from the encampment where Luis Gongora was shot and killed last Thursday. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Harassment and Backdoor Maneuvers Alleged in Aftermath of Police Shooting

Two homeless witnesses to the fatal police shooting of Luis Gongora on Shotwell Street last Thursday say the police have harassed them multiple times since the shooting, most recently threatening them with arrest late Saturday night if they did not move their tents from the block. The pair temporarily moved across the street before returning to the block, where they...
Department of Public Works trucks near the encampment on Friday night. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Homeless Residents Near Police Shooting Site Moved to Navigation Center

On Friday night in the pouring rain, Department of Public Works trucks cleared out trash near the homeless encampment where 45-year-old Luis Gongora was shot and killed by San Francisco police on Thursday, raising some fear among residents that the sweep was an attempt to scatter potential witnesses to the shooting. A Public Works spokesperson, however, said the trucks were not there to dismantle the...
Darcel Jackson in his Mission District home. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Formerly Homeless App Maker Enters District 9 Race

Darcel Jackson, a formerly homeless man who was widely profiled last year after working to bring wi-fi to San Francisco shelters, just became the sixth candidate to enter the race for District 9 supervisor. Jackson promises to run the thriftiest campaign in San Francisco history, saying he won’t accept individual donations more than $10 — the limit is $500 per...
Eddy had been camping on 18th Street in the Mission District until he was ordered to move during a Public Works sweep on March 17. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Sweeps Move SF Mission Homeless Block to Block

Clenching his dog’s leash in one hand, Ortega Flowers’ voice trembled with frustration as he recounted an interaction he had with a police officer shortly before his tent was removed during a city cleanup of a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street. “They just took my tent. My dog’s food is in there, and his brush,” said Flowers, alleging that he had...
An encampment near Division Street after the crackdown by the city in February 2016. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros

Crackdown on Division St. Camp Moves Homeless Just a Parking Lot Away

The 72-hour deadline for homeless residents camped out on Division Street between 11th and South Van Ness passed without fanfare on Friday evening, though many had already left the area by then and moved just further south into the Mission District. “They kicked us out of our spot, they took all our shit and told us to move,” said Nato, who...
James Lawson sitting outside his yet-to-be-dismantled tent, looking at the Department of Public Works trucks down the road. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

SF Declares Public Health Emergency at Homeless Camps on Division

The Department of Public Health declared the homeless encampments on Division Street underneath the 101 freeway a public health hazard on Tuesday and posted signs ordering street denizens to dismantle their tents within 72 hours — or face referral to the police department. “The conditions have really deteriorated and it is no longer safe for them,” said Rachel Kagan, a...
Chris Young has been homeless in the Mission district since October and said he is tired of being ridiculed. Photo by  Laura Waxmann

Mission Techies React to Controversial Homeless Rant

Startup founder Justin Keller has come under a barrage of internet fire for posting an open letter to city officials with the complaint that he is forced to witness the struggles of homeless individuals on city streets. “The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned...
Scott Kitterman enjoys a hot dog at a Super Bowl party at SOMA StrEat Food Park. Photo by Noah Arroyo.

Super Bowl Party in SF Mission Feeds Homeless

In a rear enclave reserved for the homeless attendees at the SoMa StrEat Food Park’s Super Bowl party on Sunday, Scott Kitterman, 46, took a satisfying bite out of his second hot dog. “I’m eating again now,” he said. He had finally recovered from a bad case of the stomach flu, made worse by his recent onset of AIDS. Kitterman...
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Tempers Rise Over Satirical Homeless Encampment Tracking App

The minds behind an app to track and flag homeless encampments in San Francisco say that the app does not exist and was in fact intended as a commentary on tech culture. Since its launch on Tuesday, the app has been damned on Twitter. SnapCamp’s purported premise was “cleaning up” San Francisco’s communities by encouraging its residents to take pictures of homeless encampments and noting “problem areas” at a...
Mamma Donna picking up a sweater at Tuesday's drag queen clothing drive for the homeless. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

SF Drag Queens React to Homeless Sweeps with Food and Clothes

Some dozen San Francisco drag queens came together Tuesday afternoon to distribute food, clothing, and other essentials to the homeless under the 101 freeway near 13th and Harrison, laying out dozens of items outside the SoMa Streatfood Park and serving up hot meals they cooked that morning. “Some of us got together and thought ‘Hey, let’s just do something,’” said Simone,...