ACTION REQUIRED! E-mail the Board of Education re: “Safe Sleeping Sites” NOW!

A big thank you to everyone who’s e-mailed the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and the Board of Education members to ask for a “yes” to the “Safe Sleeping Site” proposal.  

We’ve overachieved with the BOS!!  Just heard from Supervisor Mandelman’s office:  The momentum is growing.  Supervisors are getting on board.  Stop e-mailing them.  

Now the Board of Ed approval is key! The Board of Education vote at their Tuesday meeting will determine whether the Everett Middle School (EMS) parking lot can be used as a “safe sleeping site.”   If they do not approve the resolution (Agenda item L-3), then the Safe Sleeping Site will be on hold.    

Take Critical Action April 27 & 28

E-mail the Board of Education members urging them to approve the use of Everett as a safe sleeping site.  Click HERE for sample e-mail and addresses.

Give public comment at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 28. (Per Board staff, the “Safe Sleeping Sites” resolution will be heard at 6 pm or later.) The Resolution is Agenda Item L-3.  The meeting is remote. The Board uses Zoom conferencing.  You can join via video conferencing or via phone. Click HERE for detailed instructions.

Media coverage:  The local Fox affiliate is producing a report on Safe Sleeping Sites; videoing at Everett Middle School today.  Watch tonight (April 27) on KTVU-2 or other local Fox stations. 

Finally, forward this message to your friends and network groups.  Numbers count. Thank you!

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Let’s Support “Safe Sleeping Sites”

Since January DHIC has been working with other D8 community groups to end street camping in our neighborhoods. This is an urgent request to support an alternative to street sleeping: Safe Sleeping Sites.

Supervisors Mandelman (D8) and Preston (D5) are co-sponsoring a resolution urging the City to establish “Safe Sleeping Sites.” The Board of Supervisors will vote on this next Tuesday, April 28 Supervisor Mandelman is very close to obtaining the parking lot at Everett Middle School for the first “Safe Sleeping Site.” We need your help to get this alternative to sleeping on the streets implemented. Our Supervisors and Mayor need to hear from neighbors that we want this faster & more scalable alternative to sleeping on our streets – during the pandemic and beyond.

Please email them now. If you support the alternative of having tents in “safe sleeping sites” vs the sidewalks, please email the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and Mayor now. The supervisors and mayor need to hear from us before the Tuesday 2pm BOS meeting.

Forward this email to your friends and network groups. Numbers count!

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Please Give Public Comment at April 28 BOS Meeting

Please give public comment during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting (2pm Tuesday, April 28).

The meeting is remote. Comments on this resolution will be heard at the start of the meeting. Here are instructions on how to watch, listen and comment:

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Media Coverage of Safe Sleeping Sites

San Francisco Chronicle: Will San Francisco Embrace “Safe” Tent Encampment Sites?

Mission Local: School Board President Urges SFUSD to Host Tent Camp

San Francisco Public Press: Supervisor Pushes for Socially Distanced Homeless Tent Camps

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A Better Place for Tents

Around the City during this health emergency, clusters of homeless people are sleeping outside in tents. This is not safe, healthy, or compassionate.

The Centers for Disease Control advise that tents need to be properly socially distanced and that people need to have nearby access to hand washing and other sanitation services to protect against the spread of COVID-19. This isn’t happening in encampments in our neighborhoods and that makes everyone less safe. Individual hotel rooms for homeless individuals should be the goal. However, we need to use every tool we have until that can happen. Safe Sleeping Sites will help get people who are sleeping unsafely into safer arrangements quickly. Right now there are empty parking lots around the City in neighborhoods where tent encampments are already occurring. We should be using these empty spaces to help keep people safe.

In D8, Supv. Mandelman is working to get City and Board of Education support to open up Everett Middle School’s (EMS) parking lot/playground (approx 50K sq feet) as a “safe sleeping site.” If ok’d, the site would be prioritized for about 30-40 people camping on sidewalks in the Castro/Dolores Park areas. It comes with sanitation, 24/7 staffing, meals, etc. It will quickly provide those sleeping on the streets with safe distancing and sanitation, and free up sidewalks for walking. EMS will not be permanent (closing once school is back in session.) However, as a pilot it would demonstrate whether a “regulated” off-street sleeping site could be successful long term in another location (for example, the properties that our Governor has offered.)

In D5, Supv. Preston is considering Kezar and other locations for a similar “safe sleeping site.”

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E-mail Elected Officials to Support “Safe Sleeping Sites”

Please email our Elected Officials

Email message  (or write your own):

To San Francisco Supervisors and Mayor Breed: 

I support Safe Sleeping Sites as an alternative to sleeping on the streets.  I urge you to vote yes on the “Safe Sleeping Sites” Resolution co-sponsored by Supvs. Mandelman & Preston on Tuesday, April 28. 

To protect against the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control advise that tents need to be socially distanced and that people have nearby access to hand washing and other sanitation services.  

Individual hotel rooms for homeless individuals should be the goal, but we need to be using every tool we have. Safe Sleeping Sites will help get people who are sleeping unsafely into safer arrangements quickly.  We have empty parking lots around the City in neighborhoods where tent encampments are already occurring.  We need to use these empty spaces to help keep people safe.

Please support Safe Sleeping Sites.  Thank you!

[Your Name + Supv District or address]

Supervisors’ + the Mayor’s email addresses:
sandra.fewer@sfgov.org, catherine.stefani@sfgov.org, aaron.peskin@sfgov.org, gordon.mar@sfgov.org, dean.preston@sfgov.org, matt.haney@sfgov.org, norman.yee@sfgov.org, rafael.mandelman@sfgov.org, hillary.ronen@sfgov.org, shamann.walton@sfgov.org, ahsha.safai@sfgov.org, MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org

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Important COVID-19 Information & Links

DHIC wants to share important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information that will help us stay healthy and support each other. 

On March 6, the city of San Francisco declared a local health emergency. Every day since then has brought a new challenges and changes to our daily routines. As neighbors we want to commit to everyone’s safety, physical and mental well-being. Please use your community, social, faith-based, and personal connections for support and to ask for or offer help. Stay in touch with your neighbors, use your block safety alias, and communicate with DHIC (info@doloresheights.org) or with our board and committee members.

One Stop Website for All SF COVID-19 Information

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Links to Key Websites

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Assistance & Guidance for Employers & Employees

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Moratorium on Evictions

The Mayor also announced a moratorium on residential evictions for non-payment of rent due to public health orders or impacts of the virus. Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Ting are also pursuing state legislation to prohibit evictions and foreclosures related to the emergency statewide. 

Read the Press Release

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Stay Up to Date on Public Health Orders

Recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health can be found at www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus.asp along with up-to-date on coronavirus news and information. You can also call 311 and sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777.

CLICK HERE to Find All Public Health Orders

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