SF Homeless Project

A collection of stories published for the SF Homeless Project, a Bay-Area wide collaborative day of coverage of homelessness.

Sisters Marie Benedicte (left), Marie of Angels, and Marie Valerie after getting the vote to pass permits for their soup kitchen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

The Nuns Win at SF Planning Commission

A year of setbacks and opposition did not deter a trio of French nuns from following their calling from God – feeding those most in need. The nuns have campaigned for some ten months  to move a soup kitchen into the ground floor commercial space of a condominium building at 1928 Mission St. between 15th and 16th streets, and on...
homelessholiday2

Homeless for the Holidays: What’s Needed and Where to Deliver It

If you, like many other San Franciscans, are wondering how to help the homeless over the holidays, there are many ways – but here’s what people need, in their own words. Though it is closed until Tuesday for the holidays, donations can be dropped off as of 12/27 at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center at 165 Capp St. Please note, however, that...
Photo by Craig Weber

Homeless Man Found Dead in Mission District Driveway

A homeless man was found dead Wednesday morning in a driveway near the intersection of 25th and Shotwell streets. Police have not yet confirmed his cause of death. The man was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner as 79-year-old Jose Campos, who neighbors say was homeless and could often be seen near the intersection. Police found Campos laying in...
Eddie Tate sitting in his shelter on Division Street in February 2016, where he said he'll wait until the last minute to move. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Neighbors Remember Homicide Victim as Gruff but Kind Handyman

A “buck wild” exterior didn’t stop neighbors on the streets from seeing Eddie “Tennessee” Tate as a helpful, industrious neighbor. Tate was one of two people killed in a shooting Sunday night on 16th and Shotwell streets. He was 51 years old. Tate had lived on the streets of the city for decades and was well known for his compassion...
commendation

Board of Supervisors Honors Homeless Outreach Team

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors commended the city’s Homeless Outreach Team for its work reaching out to and offering services to the homeless. Supervisor Malia Cohen initiated the commendation for “serving city’s homeless population and selfless deication to building bridges out of homelessness.” Accepting the commendation on behalf of the team, HOT director Jim Zelaya-Wagner addressed his team. “You work with...
Rayne Brandt (left) and Melissa Breckenridde (right) at Ladies' Night at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center. Photo by Laura Wenus

Ladies’ Night at a Center for the Homeless Builds Community

For many of the Mission’s homeless and marginally housed women, Ladies’ Night at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center are where it’s at. “It” being hot dinner, good company, conversation, and the occasional game. It’s a tradition that’s been upheld at the center for 14 years. These are fixtures of any evening gathering, but in this case ladies’ night also offers...
dsc_7799_1

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...
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...
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...
StoreFrontLab's “small space for big ideas” on Shotwell street filled up with people interested in learning about interim solutions to homelessness. Photo by Anna M. Clausen

Experts Engage on SF’s Homelessness at Packed StoreFrontLab

Shelters, navigation centers and even porta-potties were up for discussion Tuesday at StoreFrontLab’s Between Street and Home, the first event in the panel series Towards a Compassionate City: A Conversation about homeless Encampments. This first panel focused on a discussion about interim solutions to homelessness in San Francisco with three experts weighing in. The next two panels will take place at  337...
"We are Real people!" reads a sign posted by a homeless camper on his tent. City officials planned to kick out campers on Division and Bryant streets the next day. Photo by Joe Sciarrillo.

Photo Essay: Displacement in the Mission

San Francisco: A Changing City As a fourth-generation Bay Area resident, I grew up hearing stories about the changes in San Francisco from family who grew up in the Mission, the Marina, and the Richmond. Seeing drastic changes in San Francisco over the past decade, I’ve set out during my lunch breaks where I live and work in the Mission...
AlleyCatHomelessArt

VIDEO: Artists Contemplate Homelessness, Solutions

Poets got on their soapboxes, photographers and painters displayed their work, and screen-printers produced thought-provoking posters at Alley Cat Books on Friday, at the closing reception of an exhibition meant to rekindle some empathy with the homeless and ponder solutions. Among the suggestions floated by artists were ideas like adding a transfer tax on high-value property sales to help fund supportive services, investing...