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In the wake of disasters like the five-alarm fire that engulfed a block near 29th and Mission on Saturday, outlets receive an outpouring of support for the victims. Here is a list of ways to help.

Long-Term Housing

The biggest issue in the wake of fires with residential displacement is finding long-term housing for the displaced tenants. Some 58 people lost their homes in the fire — many of them formerly homeless who had recently found a place to stay — and will not be able to stay in shelters for long.

Landlords with empty units can make use of the city’s Good Samaritan Program, which allows for a unit to be offered at below-market-rate rents to victims of disasters for two years. Following those two years, the landlord can terminate the tenancy or raise the rent.

If you can provide long-term housing for any of the victims, please contact the Human Services Agency or a representative from Supervisor David Campos’s office. Hillary Ronen, Campos’s chief of staff, can be reached at 415-554-7739, and Carolyn Goosen, another staff member, can be reached at 415-554-7729.

Fundraisers

Several Mission and Bernal businesses have hosted and arranged fundraisers, and they show no signs of slowing down. Here are a few that are still going or coming up:

The Front Porch at 65 29th St. will host a benefit on July 5, from which all proceeds will go to fire victims. Reservations are being accepted from 5:30 to 10:30, and raffle tickets will be on sale.

Rock Bar at 80 29th St. will also have buckets behind the bar for cash donations, and aim to raise $3,300 for the 3300 Club, according to Inside Scoop.

And at Old Bus Tavern at 3193 Mission St., proceeds from the sale of Pisco Punch will be given to victims of the fire, though how those donations will be processed is unknown, according to Inside Scoop.

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack at 3230 Mission St. also has a donation box for fire victims, according to Inside Scoop.

Business Fund

Several businesses were affected by the fire — Cole Hardware, the 3300 Club, Taco Loco, Plaza Azul, the Bernal Heights Collective, the Coronitas bar, and El Paisa, the last two with water damage. The Mission Bernal Merchants Association has set up a fund to channel money to the affected buildings and help them rebuild. All donations there are tax-deductible.

At this time, families have all the clothing, toiletries, and other items that they need. Red Cross workers have told Mission Local that anything donated to the Salvation Army shelter on Valencia Street not needed by the families will be collected and redistributed to others.

Donations

City officials say cash is the most effective donation because of its flexibility and can be made to either the Red Cross or to the Salvation Army. We will update if and when there are pages specific to the 29th and Mission fire victims.

Money can also be donated to a GoFundMe account started by Edwin Lindo, the former District Nine supervisorial candidate and Frisco Five hunger striker. As of Tuesday, the fundraiser had nearly $50,000 in donations, but organizers are hoping to raise as much as possible. GoFundMe will take seven to 15 percent of all donations in fees, according to Lindo.

The Mission Economic Development Agency also has its own page where donations can be made to fire victims, though donors must specify near the bottom of the page that they want their money going towards the victims of the 29th and Mission fire. MEDA is responsible for processing donations from both its fundraiser and the GoFundMe account.

MEDA also has a separate page listing various ways to help residential and commercial tenants displaced by the fire. Landlords who have commercial spaces for the displaced businesses, employers who can hire workers who have lost their jobs, or those who can provide housing can contact MEDA directly.

We will update this post with new information when it becomes available.

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11 Comments

  1. My husband and I extend sympathy to all of the displaced folks. If we had an extra room in our Mission apartment, we’d offer to these people who need housing. Please keep us informed about the needs of the displaced and how to assist them in their hour need. Trying to thinking positively and say thank goodness no one was killed or harmed.

  2. Red Cross and Salvation Army are both reprehensible “non-profits” (used very loosely). Red Cross is known for vast misappropriation of funds, self-aggrandizing, and being politically motivated to the disadvantage of those they claim to help. Salvation Army is homophobic and exploits low-income workers. Please donate do the GoFundMe instead.

    1. What Janice said ^. I will never donate to RED CROSS or SALVATION ARMY. Yes I’ll donate to GoFundMe
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    2. but it is better to donate to the GoFundMe now as all the items the families requested were delivered to them at the Salvation Army yesterday (Sunday). The GoFund Me goes to helping pay for housing.

    3. You tell us not to contribute to the Red Cross because they’re self-aggrandizing, and then tell us to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign run by a failed politician who is famous for participating in a phony hunger strike? LOL, San Francisco.

  3. Local benefit events are springing up too. The brewery on Cortland Avenue, Bare Bottle Brewing, in that blue warehouse down near the 101 overpass, is going to donate 50% of all proceeds from its taproom this coming Sunday to the cause.

  4. GOFUNDIT should contribute its fees for fundraising disasters. I heard the radio story and want to make a donation to support the displaced of the mission fire. I am surprized to learn “GoFundMe will take seven to 15 percent of all donations”. Is there a way to have the displaced recieve all of my contribution? I think “GoFundMe” should not take a cut of contributions as a fee. Their fee may be appropriate for funding a free Enterprize venture, but not appropriate for helping people get on their feet following a disaster.

    1. I totally agree with you about this; in these situation fees & taxes should be waived so that those caught up in extreme crises receive 100% assistance.

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