SROs: Rooms out of View

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...

Homeless Center’s Opening Delayed Two Weeks

The city’s newest front against an infamously pervasive homelessness problem, an eight- to 18-month pilot project known as the Navigation Center, was slated to open Monday but will instead be delayed until March 30, according to officials. Episcopal Community Services, a nonprofit that operates several shelters and service centers throughout the city, was awarded the contract to run the Navigation Center just...

A Room for the Night at a Mission SRO

“It looks like peace, but it’s more dangerous at night,” says Ahmed Mohammed. Mohammed works the night shift at the front desk of El Capitan Hotel and Hostel, a $45-a-night single-room occupancy hotel in the Mission District. “The only stories that happen here are about murders, girls and drugs,” he says from behind a glass enclosure like a bank teller’s...

Bedbugs Suck

“Bedbugs suck” was the mantra on the steps of City Hall Thursday, where District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim presented new legislation to help the Department of Public Health cope with the city’s bedbug problem. Kim said that when she first began campaigning for supervisor two years ago and was going door-to-door to speak to potential constituents, one of the most...