Tag Archives: homeless

SF officer grew up in the Mission, now works with the homeless

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Irvin Huerta had thoughts of becoming a police officer when he was younger. He wanted to give back to San Francisco, the city where he was born and raised. At first, he did other jobs, but when one of his best friends, Moises Frias Jr., was shot dead...

Even living in an RV, SF woman experiences a cascade of evictions

Melodie sat hunched over in the front row of the Mission District meeting with papers in her lap, intently writing notes. The 40 bicyclists and government officials in front of her testified as to why they wanted Melodie and the cohort of homeless residents out from under the tangle of freeway exchanges between Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez St. collectively...

Short film explores life of John Ratliff, “Swan”

Perhaps you’ve seen John Ratliff, formerly a prolific journalist, at 16th and Mission streets, feeding the pigeons. Maybe you’ve come across his Daily Rag, which he still writes with keen self-awareness. Maybe you read our story by Julio Marcial about this enigmatic street dweller. School of the Arts students Kylie Villavicencio, Ashley Escobar, Queenie Li, Sarah Jones, Phoebe Milvy-Soloff and...

Tensions at Central Station meeting over disruptive homeless residents

Covering the Police is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Central Station police meeting Thursday evening was supposed to cover crime and homelessness throughout the entire police district. Instead, concerns over two people dominated the 75-minute session. One was a woman who hangs out around the 1700 block of Sacramento Street, allegedly offering drug-laced cigarettes to...

One of last large encampments in SF’s Mission being removed

An homeless encampment resolution is underway at the snarl of freeway ramps and bike paths located at Cesar Chavez Street and Potrero Avenue. The so-called Hairball encampment is one of the last large encampments in the Mission District.   In the next few weeks, homeless people won’t be allowed to camp under the freeway overpasses that have been used by...

Street tent count drops dramatically, and other updates from District 9 Supervisor

As San Francisco struggles to find ways to shelter people living on the streets, District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen recently alluded to a significant reduction in visible encampments on Mission District sidewalks — from 200 tents and structures to 50. One of Ronen’s aides spends about 75 percent of her time working on homelessness. Mission Local got some updates on...

Witnesses’ lives transformed after SF police shooting

Stephanie Grant was getting comfortable living on the streets of the Mission. It was Spring 2016, and she had recently fallen in love with a man she would see in her tent encampment on Folsom Street. “He had this swag about him,” she recalled. “I called him Casanova.” They moved around the streets of the Mission together, and in April...

SF Health officials step up efforts to vaccinate homeless residents against Hepatitis A

As Hepatitis A outbreaks have appeared among homeless residents elsewhere in the state, San Francisco is ramping up efforts to prevent an outbreak here by offering free vaccines to the homeless, as well as pop-up clinics and more outreach in camps this month. Jesse Ballinger-Wydle, a homeless veteran living in SOMA, said he was unaware of the outbreak until health...

Overnight center opens at SF General for patients with psychiatric, addiction problems

For a homeless or marginally housed person experiencing a psychiatric episode or struggling with substance abuse, there is now an intermediate place of care between the street and a hospital’s psychiatric emergency center. Hummingbird Place, a new shelter inside San Francisco General Hospital, offers counseling, hot meals, showers and overnight accommodations for people needing to regroup after a crisis. The...

SF Navigation Center’s neighbors find impact better than expected

Nearly two months after a new Navigation Center opened on 26th and South Van Ness streets, residents who were worried about a growing tent encampment nearby are reassured by the currently tentless streets. The Navigation Center at 26th Street and South Van Ness is one of four centers aimed at long-term help for homeless individuals. This one has 120 beds...

Q&A: D9 supervisor on bike-sharing and encampments

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen sat down with Mission Local to talk about issues relating to her district. This is a monthly series – this interview has been edited and shortened for print. ML: Calle 24 recently blocked GoBike and other bike share companies from operating in the cultural district/SUD. Do you see these companies as the gentrifiers?   Ronen: I...

Listen Local: The story behind Stories Behind the Fog

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. While dozens of outlets have been covering homelessness extensively, you’re unlikely to find a take on the issue quite like what Stories Behind the Fog is doing. The project combines artistic photos with a narrative from the subject’s point of...

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...

Developments in development: Unhoused

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. “Stick ‘em on a boat!” is becoming a weirdly popular refrain when it comes to homelessness. Art Agnos gave it a shot last year, and now he’s got one more on board, specifically Greg Gopman of “degenerates gather like hyenas” fame. Apparently he told...