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Breed Administration official says moving homeless people into hotel rooms is not a priority

March 19, 2020

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Head of Human Services says congregated shelter model is better; public health doctor disagrees.

The Board of Supes hearing Tuesday on the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis demonstrate a key policy divide between the Breed Administration and the progressive board members:

The progressives want to take control of as many hotel rooms and vacant apartments as possible and move homeless people off the streets. The Breed administration is taking a much more limited approach that features the large-scale shelter model.

The clearest message that we got from the hearing was that the Human Services Administration and the Department of Public Health are not at all on the same page when it comes to the homeless population…

You can watch the video here. Roher starts at about 3:50, Dr. Aragon a little after 5:00.…(more)

I would title this one “Clashing Visions of a Healthy City”. How does packing people into large crowds tents provide social distancing? Someone is confused. It feels like the dog is still wagging the tail. If you have the time and are concerned about the shifting powers during the temporary changes in the Brown act, you should watch the end of the meeting for an example of just how important it is to understand fully the potential for confusion when fundamental rights of the public and legislative bodies are altered as we are seeing now.

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House every single homeless person in a vacant unit now. 

San Francisco currently has 30,000 vacant units and 42,000 empty hotel rooms while 18,000 homeless people who are disproportionately elderly, chronically ill, and with severe medical conditions are without homes. Currently, the City is only placing those who test positive or who are symptomatic into hotel rooms. We are calling on the City to house every single homeless person in a vacant housing unit immediately, prioritizing those who fall into the high-risk category…(more)

 

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