Tag Archives: homelessness

Navigation Center.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing. Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services,...
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...
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Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

Lately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though...
Amos Howard, a homeless U.S. Army veteran, stands amid the charred remnants of his tent camp near 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Homeless Man Without Shelter After Tent Blaze, Possibly Arson

A homeless man is without shelter as rain storms sweep the Bay Area, after his tent caught fire early Tuesday morning in a possible case of arson. Amos Howard, a U.S. Army veteran who has been living in a tent outside a church at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, said he suspects two men set fire to his...
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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...
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Forgotten, U.S. Army Veteran Finds Sanctuary on San Francisco Street

When Amos Howard left the hospital after an overnight stay, a taxi dropped him off at the corner of 18th and Shotwell streets. Howard remembers heavy rains on that day – his forearms were locked in fresh casts and, already homeless for a year and a half, the 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran had nowhere to go. “They didn’t give me...
Neighbors of the northeastern Mission confronted city leaders on issues of crime and homelessness in their neighborhood on Tuesday. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Residents Want No Homeless Tents or Soup Kitchen, Ask More from City

A group of residents from the northeastern Mission grilled city leaders on Tuesday about their plans for addressing crime and homelessness in the area, which many said were linked and on the rise. In the wake of a double homicide on Sunday night just blocks away from where the meeting was held, some residents expressed fear that campers are bringing a criminal element...
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...
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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...
John Visor (left) and Jose Gongora Pat, the younger brother of Luis Gongora Pat,    stand in front of a memorial honoring the slain man on September 7. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City Attorney Says Cops Shot Homeless Man in Self Defense

The San Francisco City Attorney’s office said on Thursday that two San Francisco police officers lawfully killed Luis Gongora Pat, a Guatemalan immigrant, when they confronted him earlier this year in the Shotwell Street homeless encampment where he lived. The statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office came in response to Gongora Pat’s family who filed a lawsuit two months ago naming...
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...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
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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...