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Two women one homeless team-up on a small housing experiment.

November 4, 2017

By Noah Arroyo : sfpublicpress – excerpt

Shanna Orona, a 44-year-old retired firefighter, calls herself a “guinea pig.” For the foreseeable future, she said, how she handles herself is “either going to make or break” a private pilot project that envisions housing homeless people in tiny dwellings in San Francisco.

Since July, Orona has been the lone resident in a 5-by-8-foot “transitional shelter” in the Mission District, a housing approach inspired by experiments in Seattle and designed by Amy Farah Weiss, founder of the nonprofit Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge. The Impact Hub San Francisco, an event and co-working space, has agreed to keep her box home on their premises, and she can come and go as she pleases. There is no deadline for her to vacate, allowing her to comfortably live, do volunteer work and take her time hunting for an apartment she can afford…

Neighbors, Politicians Offer Support

The Impact Hub’s neighbors have embraced the project by helping Weiss and working directly with Orona. In addition to support from Trauss, the model is backed by Potrero Hill Democratic Club President Tony Kelly, among others…(more)

It would be good to talk to other candidates running for office to hear their solutions for housing the homeless, but, this is a good start.


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