The closure of a Safe Sleeping campsite for homeless people at the corner of Haight and Stanyan streets last month, and a new housing proposal for that site, are raising questions about how the City is dealing with such issues in a post-pandemic world.
A broad coalition of community groups led by Richmond District Rising (RDR) has teamed up for a drive to collect and deliver clothing and supplies to the neighborhood’s homeless. The drive’s organizers also hope to raise awareness about the vulnerability of our unhoused neighbors, especially during the winter months.
Richmond and Sunset supervisors have asked Golden Gate Park’s General Manager Phil Ginsburg to review facilities in the park that could be used for homeless camps during COVID-19.
Homeless encampments are appearing in the Richmond, where the city has provided three portable restrooms with wash stations.
The complications of dealing with the homeless population were explored at a community meeting on Nov. 1, hosted by District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, where she gathered city officials to address the public.
As the discussion progressed, it quickly became apparent that the room was divided into two camps: one which wants to cut off services to the homeless and one which wants to increase city services for them.
If you surveyed San Franciscans and asked them to name the most pressing issues that
we face as a city, homelessness would be on everyone’s list.