Tag Archives: homelessness

Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
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The Navigation Center: A Haven for the Determined

Mission Street’s Navigation Center, the city’s first, is lauded for being a low-barrier shelter, a place where street dwellers can come as they are and have all their needs met. For those determined to get off the streets, it can be the pathway to finally getting housing, but others may fall through the cracks as the center is also working...
Air Force veteran Alton Predew organizing his belongings. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

How to Help the Homeless: A Bay Area Guide

This week, Mission Local is participating in a Bay-Area-wide push to cover homelessness. You may remember this project from a similar effort in June, in which we produced stories about where homeless people’s property goes, a couple displaced by a fire who lived in their car for months, and a homeless family. This week we have brought you responses to Proposition Q from those living on...
Sisters Marie Benedicte (left) and Marie Valerie make a case for their soup kitchen, proposed to move in to 1930 Mission st., at a neighborhood meeting called to address homelessness. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Neighbors and Nuns Face Off Over Soup Kitchen

Residents in the northeastern Mission District are forming a community group to push local government toward ending homeless encampments in the area, while a pair of nuns displaced from the Tenderloin tries to gather support for a soup kitchen in the neighborhood that neighbors fear will only attract more homeless. The nuns are Marie Benedicte and Marie Valerie of the...
"Don't hate me!" Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Traduccion en español aquí. Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health...
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

Traduccion en español aquí. 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...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
The Crown Hotel, center, rises above its two neighboring buildings.

New Housing Units for the Homeless Open on Valencia

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announced Wednesday that 244 new permanent supportive housing units will come online over the next three months – 50 of them in the Mission District. Valencia Street’s Crown Hotel, where units came online October 27 and prospective tenants are currently viewing its apartments, is one of three hotels now becoming available to...
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

Fed Up With Encampments, Residents Turn to Police

Despite ongoing efforts by various city departments to dismantle the Mission’s homeless encampments, residents of the northeast areas of the neighborhood say the tent sprawl there has grown in size and brought crime to their doorsteps. At the Mission Police Station regular community meeting on Tuesday, the group of some 30 neighbors – many dressed in black to signify unity...
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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 encampment on 19th Street between Folsom and Harrison streets in September, before it was cleared on October 5. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Billionaires Back Bid to Ban SF Homeless Camps

The sidewalks of San Francisco will become a battleground for billionaires this election season as a proposition on the ballot, Proposition Q, seeks to tackle the issue of homeless encampments. The measure is sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell and supported largely by venture capitalists William Oberndorf, Michael Moritz and Ron Conway according to campaign finance records obtained from the SF Ethics Commission....
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...