DHIC Supports “A Place for All” City Legislation
Our neighbors live with the effects of street homelessness. Street sleeping is not safe, not healthy, and not compassionate. A Place for All proposes a policy that the City provide shelter to all who will accept it. It also requires a City implementation plan to replace street sleeping with safe and healthy off-street interim shelter.
Sanctioned safe sleeping sites benefit both our unhoused and housed residents. They keep our unhoused residents safe from violence, crime, and the coronavirus. They also bring welcome relief to the City’s housed residents. Unsanctioned encampments in neighborhoods have produced blocked sidewalks, litter, open drug use, and crime. A January 2020 poll found that 71% of San Francisco voters identified homelessness and street conditions as the City’s top issue.
While the solution for homelessness is housing, the waiting line cannot be on our streets. SIP hotel occupants have priority for housing, and those on our streets slide further into chronic homelessness with over a majority suffering from behavioral health/substance abuse.
Safe sleeping sites operating for nearly one year are a proven model that now host approximately 300 people. Guests have safety, stability, and support services – a key first step on their path out of homelessness. The sites can be cost-effective when they shelter 100 guests as the legislation proposes.
A Place for All will have a public hearing in April. More details to follow. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, ideas, or help.
A Place for All: shelter for all who want to get off the streets
WHAT IT DOES:
- Enacts a SF policy to provide shelter for unhoused seeking a safe place to sleep
- Mandates a detailed plan: potential locations, estimated individual places needed, phased timeline, and estimated costs
- Provides that the plan be reviewed in public hearings and approved by the Supervisors — before implementation
WHAT IT DOES NOT DO:
- Allocate any budget funds: the legislation contains no funding. Funding requires a separate vote by the Board of Supervisor after they review the proposed plan and cost estimates
- Increase the 2020-2022 budget: to fund this program, Supervisors must vote to reallocate existing budget dollars. They cannot increase the existing City budget
- Not build to shelter the total street population: the plan has a phased timeline to create only enough placements for those who accept off-street shelter
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