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Effort to Find New Sleeping Spots for 140 Transbay Terminal Homeless

A lot of you have been asking why the block on Main Street between Mission and Howard Street has an increased number of homeless individuals sleeping there in the evenings. For the first 3 years that I lived in the Rincon Hill neighborhood, there was just the one bushy eye-browed and bearded gentleman who sleeps mid-block. Now, we see about 10 folks sleeping on that block every night. I think the obvious reason why we see additional folks on Main Street is that there are about 140 folks who currently sleep at the Transbay Terminal who are being engaged to find an alternative home – and many do not want to stay in a shelter as is commonly offered.

The Chronicle has a story on the effort to find decent shelter for the people living at the Transbay Terminal, some of whom have been staying there for 20 years according to the article.

As an aside, I think we’ve been lucky to not have too many belligerent behaving folks sleeping on the sidewalks in our neighborhood. I credit the fact that we do not have liquor stores selling miniature booze bottles. In order to keep it that way, I would encourage all building HOAs to respond to any notices from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with letters from your building’s residents/tenants asking that any new liquor licensee not be allowed to sell malt liquor, single beer cans (require multi-packs be sold), or liquor bottle sizes below 16 oz. Those are some of the controls my building (Baycrest Towers) got into the ABC license for our friend Sam at Gabby Cafe because we wanted to preserve the relatively peaceful existence between the homeless on our sidewalks and residents in the area. I think it works, and hope others will make the effort to get similar restrictions for other liquor stores.

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