The overall theme is that most of the survey respondents are empathetic, but there is little faith in the City to increase police, cleaning, mental health service, ambulatory service, and other services to help mitigate the impacts of concentrating 175-225 guests at Seawall Lot 330.
This survey was posted less than 24 hours ago and gives a decent sampling for Mayor London Breed and District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney to get a sense of what the City needs to provide to help alleviate initial concerns expressed by Rincon Hill residents. I would highly recommend the City conduct its own surveys offering open ended text box questions to get a good sampling of information from residents. Evening meetings are appreciated, but hardly ever attended by families, less mobile seniors, or persons who work evenings – and their input is important too.
I have created a survey for my Rincon Hill residential neighbors to get a sense of what people are thinking thus far about the proposed homeless shelter at Seawall Lot 330.
The early results indicate empathy for providing people needed shelter, but fears that the City is not up to the task of adequately staffing up police, cleaning crews, and other services to help make the proposed center a success that does not harm the SoMa waterfront community.
The fact that the City has already resigned their ability to adequately provide security, cleaning, and other basic City government services in SoMa by way of promoting the creation of Community Benefit Districts primarily in SoMa and downtown bolsters this distrust.
I plan to share all of the responses in the next day or so, but here is a good sample of responses to this question of faith in the City providing adequate services:
San Francisco is facing a homelessness crisis. Approximately 7,500 people experience homelessness on any given night with nearly 58% sleeping outside on streets, doorways, bus stops, and other public places. Unsheltered homelessness is a crisis that impacts both housed and unhoused San Franciscans.
San Francisco has opened over 500 shelter beds from 2016-2018. As part of an effort to address homelessness, Mayor Breed has pledged to open 1,000 additional shelter beds by 2020. The city has already opened more than 200 new beds toward this goal, but we have much more to do. To provide safe and dignified places for people to come in off the streets, the City is working to open hundreds of new beds in Shelter Access for Everyone (SAFE) Navigation Centers. We have reviewed dozens of potential sites for SAFE Navigation Centers and will be opening multiple locations across the city.
SAFE Navigation Centers are shelters designed to meet people where they are and provide a safe alternative to life on the streets. They incorporate the best aspects of Navigation Centers and make them more scalable, sustainable and effective. In addition to a warm bed and meals, SAFE Navigation Centers support individuals in changing their lives through connections to social services and housing opportunities. Shelters such as SAFE Navigation Centers are critical components of the City’s efforts to resolve encampments and help people move beyond homelessness.
There is a sizable homeless population along the waterfront. To address homelessness in these neighborhoods, the City is proposing to open a temporary SAFE Navigation Center on Port of San Francisco property at Seawall Lot 330 (the parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and Bryant). About the proposed Seawall Lot 330 SAFE Navigation Center:
Capacity: 175-225 guests
Access will be by staff referral only – no self-referrals or lines
Social services provided on site
24/7 operation with full-time security
Approximately 4 years of operation
Please join us for a neighbor and community stakeholder meeting to learn more about the City’s proposal for Seawall Lot 330. We will discuss how this proposal fits into our plans to make a sustained and significant reduction in homelessness.
Date: Tuesday March 12, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Delancey Street Foundation – 600 Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94107
For further information or to submit comments, please contact the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing at DHSH@sfgov.org.