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SF homeless team up to keep streets clean

September 18, 2016

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

hey’ve come from Georgia, Texas and right here in the Fillmore. They’ve faced drug addiction, bad luck, lost housing and unemployment. They sleep on the streets, in alleys, in shelters and at friends’ homes, sometimes on the floor.

These San Francisco residents were participating Thursday morning in the Downtown Streets Team, a program that organizes homeless people to pick up cigarette butts and other litter on the very streets they seek refuge from.

The new service has emerged as The City has failed to decrease the overall number of homeless people living on the street. Attention to the issue has also intensified as business owners and residents complain about a proliferation of homeless encampments near them.

The Downtown Streets Team is certainly far from a cure-all, but the novel approach is drawing wide praise from the police, city officials, business interests and the participants themselves…

With the help of donations from local tech companies Dolby and Google, the Downtown Streets Team earlier this year began operations in the Civic Center area. A team of 20 people, donning unmistakable bright yellow T-shirts, typically clean the streets from 8 a.m. to noon. Team members must be 18 years old to participate and attend a weekly meeting.

There, they put their name on wait list that, due to demand, can take weeks to actually land a spot on the team for work. If a member doesn’t show up, he or she is removed from the list…(more)

Good to see they are doing something that works. Can’t believe there is a shortage of positions for homeless people who want to clean the streets.

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