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Let's End Street Homelessness

City streets aren't a substitute for shelter

Update: A Place for All passed!

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a A Place for All on June 7th! 🎉

What's next? The city now has until the end of the year to produce a plan that will end street homelessness in 3 years. Then the Supervisors will have 90 days to consider it and potentially pass it.

GrowSF will be watching when the plan gets released to make sure it's efficient and effective. We'll keep our subscribers updated as it happens.

What this is:

On March 22nd, Supervisor Mandelman introduced his "A Place for All" legislation, co-sponsored by Supervisors Matt Haney, Catherine Stefani, Myrna Melgar, and Gordon Mar. It would:

  • Require that the city develop a plan within 3 months to build enough shelter to accommodate all who need it. The plan could utilize a combination of safe sleeping sites, innovative tiny homes, navigation centers, and traditional shelter.
  • Require that the Board consider adopting the plan within 90 days of its completion.

For too long, the city has spent more and more money on homelessness without a concrete plan. The result has been a steady increase in both cost and the number of people forced to live on the streets.

The number of unhoused people in SF has steadily increased over time.

GrowSF believes we need to end the homelessness crisis by efficiently using our city's resources to shelter as many people as possible. Supervisor Mandelman's "A Place for All" would finally require the city to develop a plan to do that.

Read on to find out how you can help or click here to read our answers to objections.

Things you can do:

It should be a no brainer to provide shelters to those experiencing homelessness and helping the most vulnerable, but this is San Francisco.

Obstructionist Supervisors and corrupt special interests will try to block or water down this proposal. They will claim that permanent housing should be the only solution. That is not realistic, and what got us to where we are today. We must also expand permanent housing options, but we should utilize every option available to end the homelessness crisis as soon as possible.

GrowSF supports Supervisor Mandelman's "A Place for All" legislation. Please use our tools below to let our officials know that you do too.

1. Sign the petition

Sign our petition to get updated with what's going on with "A Place for All" and ways you can get involved.

2. Send an email to our officials

Emails matter. They are direct and personal. We make it easy: these links will open a prefilled email. You can view it, edit it, and then hit send when ready.

Email your Representatives!

Make your voice heard, it matters.

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What's next?

A Place for All will be heard at the full Board of Supervisors on June 7th. There will not be public comment, but you can still email your Supervisor using our tool above to share your support!

Who supports "A Place for All"?

Supporters:

  • Supervisor Stefani (D2)
  • Supervisor Mar (D4)
  • Supervisor Dorsey (D6)
  • Supervisor Melgar (D7)
  • Supervisor Mandelman (D8)
  • Supervisor Safai (D11)
  • Former Supervisor Haney

Endorsements:

  • SF Examiner
  • RescueSF
  • Union Square Alliance
  • San Francisco Marin Medical Society
  • Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA)
  • Castro Merchants
  • Castro Community Benefit District (CBD)
  • Corbett Heights Neighbors
  • Dolores Heights Improvement Club
  • Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association

Our answers to objections

"Shouldn't we just build Permanent Supportive Housing?"

GrowSF believes that we must also expand permanent housing options, but these options are costly and difficult to build, and they should not be our only answer. As the SF Examiner wrote in its endorsement of the legislation, "[t]rying to solve the urgent homelessness crisis on our streets with permanent housing only is like trying to bail out the ocean with a teaspoon."

"Has it worked elsewhere?"

Investing in temporary shelter as a cost-efficient way to get people off of the streets has worked in other cities. For example, New York City has a "right to shelter" imposed by the courts. This has been extremely effective at keeping people sheltered in New York. 95% of unhoused people in NYC have shelter of some kind, while in SF, fully 1/3 of unhoused people are forced to live without any shelter at all.

While A Place for All will not be as strict as the right to shelter in New York, it will be a significant step closer to ending unsheltered homelessness.

Convinced? See how you can support A Place for All

Questions?

Check out the "A Place for All" press release, fact sheet, and full text.

You can also reach out to us at contact@growsf.org