Tag Archives: homeless

The Sweep Report: 9th and Brannan cleared of homeless campers

A homeless encampment that had been growing in size for several months near 9th and Brannan streets was removed by San Francisco Police officers and Public Works cleaning crews on Thursday. Instead of the camp resolution process that involves weeks of preparation by outreach workers, Thursday’s sweep happened in one morning and was lead by police and public works. “This...

$1 coffee and donuts all day at 19th and Alabama St.

DesignMap, a user experience design company on 19th and Alabama streets, is selling $1 coffee and donuts until 5 p.m. today. It’s their second annual fundraiser, according to DesignMap employee Sarah Lutz, who was working her shift at the stand set up in front of their offices. They donate the money they raise to local organizations. Last year, the several...

Sweep Report: Dozens placed in shelter, others turned away in 16th St. encampment clearing

Some 40 people accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. after a large-scale encampment at 16th Street and San Bruno Avenue was removed by the city Thursday morning. At the same time, three young women – one who has been on the street for 15 years – were turned away because they were part of another...

How San Francisco’s Mission District has responded to new temporary homeless shelters (KALW)

Mission Local reporter Laura Waxmann was interviewed by KALW’s News Director Ben Trefny. This story was produced by KALW – you can listen to the full broadcast here. The city has three active Navigation Centers now. The first opened in 2015 in the Mission District. Soon, the Mission will get a temporary second one that will cost two-and-a-half million dollars to operate for about half-a-year. Laura...

Construction delays opening of new SF Mission Navigation Center

The temporary, low-barrier Navigation Center for the homeless scheduled to open its doors Monday at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. was still under construction today and it is unclear when it will open. Last week, city leaders announced the center’s much anticipated opening. But on Monday afternoon, those doors remained shut and the center void of furniture and clients. A...

SF homeless count shows adult, chronic homelessness on the rise

A bi-annual count of San Francisco’s homeless population released Friday shows the homeless count in the Mission District rising by 100 residents to 510, the third highest count in the city. South of Market tops the list with 3,655 homeless residents and the Bayview is second with 1,245 homeless residents, according to the tally of a single night in January....

Signs placed in McCoppin Hub as fence goes up

Contractors began installing a permanent fence around the perimeter of McCoppin Hub last week, enacting plans, which date back to 2015, to close the public plaza at night. The fence is meant to put an end to the homeless population’s use of the hub for sleeping and alleged drug use by making it accessible during daytime hours only – a...

Mission residents say streets beautiful by day, out of control at night

The neighbors who attended the Fix-It meeting at the Mission Pool and Playground meeting room on Wednesday talked about a neighborhood that changes dramatically at night. “During the day, we have a beautiful neighborhood,” said a man who introduced himself as Ray. “At night, we don’t have control of our neighborhood.” Residents of the blocks between 17th, 21st, Valencia and Folsom...

Tonight: Rooftop fundraiser in support of homeless advocacy group

The Mission Merchants Association is hosting a rooftop fundraiser in support of the Saint Francis Homeless Challenge, a local advocacy group seeking to provide relief to the city’s homeless crisis by organizing with encampment residents, neighbors and city services. One solution presented by the group are temporary housing pods – and the fundraiser’s organizers hope to raise at least enough to pay...

The Sweep Report: San Bruno Avenue

The removal of a homeless stronghold underneath the 101 Freeway that divides the northeastern Mission and Potrero Hill ended Tuesday with nearly all of its 53 residents accepting shelter. Aside from a few, some 43 campers accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., said Sam Dodge, deputy director of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which...

The Sweep Report: When the cleaning crews fail to show up

A group of some 15 people living underneath the 101 freeway underpass at Brannan and Division Streets say they were “stood up” by Public Works cleaning crews who first instructed them to clear their encampment temporarily for a routine cleanup and then failed to appear for the actual cleaning, according to some of the encampment’s residents. “We worked through the...

SF promises a dedicated patrol to monitor temporary homeless shelter

A temporary homeless shelter open its doors at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. in the coming months, and on Thursday night city leaders responded to a multitude of questions and concerns by making promises that include a dedicated police patrol. Opinions at the meeting, which drew some 150 people, were divided on priorities: safety and compassion. “My neighbor’s car has been...

Homeless resource center’s director bids Mission farewell

After a decade and a half of advocating for the homeless in the Mission and throughout the city, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center director Laura Guzman announced on Monday that she will be leaving her post in pursuit of new endeavors. “I leave my heart in the Mission,” wrote Guzman in a Facebook post announcing her departure from the center that...

SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments. At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients...

Neighbors unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter

Some 40 nearby neighbors made it clear on Monday night that they are unhappy about plans for a temporary homeless shelter at the site of former McMillan Electric building at 26th and South Van Ness streets. The lot is slated for 157 units of market-rate housing and the new Navigation Center would be a temporary use of the land.    “We oppose...