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Chris Block and Steven J. Moss has 10 articles published.

City Releases “Framework” to Address Homelessness

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Last month, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released a “Five-Year Strategic Framework” to address rootlessness.  Under the Framework, chronic homelessness would be halved by December 2022, with an end to “…large, long term encampments by July 2019.”  In addition, the outline called for implementing coordinated care systems, performance accountability, improvements to…

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Sanctioned Encampments a Success in Seattle

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Faced with a similar emergence of widespread homeless encampments as San Francisco, the City of Seattle responded, in part, by allowing – “sanctioning” –  a number of camps, so long as they secured sponsorship from a nonprofit organization, were time limited, with community noticing and engagement requirements.  As previously reported by the View, Steve Walker,…

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San Francisco’s Homeless Population Slightly Declines Since 2015

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Earlier this summer, the City and County of San Francisco published the results of its point-in-time census and survey of homeless people.  The “PIT count,” a comprehensive tally of sheltered and unsheltered homeless, is conducted every two years.  The canvass found that homelessness slightly decreased since 2015, bucking a regional trend in which homelessness has…

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City Adds Shelter Beds

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District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronan is pushing to open a 100-plus bed Navigation Center near the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street this month. At two public meetings to discuss the facility, Mission District residents expressed concerns that it’d attract more homeless people to the neighborhood, that the community already had…

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Sanctioned Encampments Successfully Operating in Florida, Washington

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Popular opinion has it that homeless encampments should be removed from San Francisco’s streets, though often such action results in the scattering of a single camp into many smaller ones. “Nobody is getting better by sleeping in tents at night,” said District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, the progenitor of last year’s Measure Q, which sought…

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Box City Shredded

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A block long collection of tents and rudimentary shelters made of boxes located near an Interstate 280 overpass and Caltrain tracks in Mission Bay, which served as home to upwards of 40 individuals, was dismantled by City officials last month.  Staff from the San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works (DPW), and Homeless Outreach…

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Election Produces Mixed Results for Housing and Homeless

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In the View’s October issue, as part of its election recommendations the paper stated that  “Rather than ad hoc solutions, or untethered mayoral promises about creating 10,000 new affordable units, San Francisco needs a comprehensive housing plan with measurable milestones and elected officials who are accountable to achieving these targets.”  Last month, San Francisco voters…

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Data Provide Insight into Progress with Homelessness

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In a series of articles this year, the View reported that the City’s response to homeless encampments is often reactionary.  For instance, earlier this year District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener requested information about housing and the homeless from the Mayor’s Office, and demanded removal of Division Street encampments, with the occupants provided with a reasonable…

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Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Votes to Support Navigation Center

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Last month, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) voted to endorse the siting of a Navigation Center at the end of 25th Street, just beyond the MUNI Metro East Maintenance Facility.  Two dozen DNA members voted in favor, six against, with three abstentions.  Before the vote several residents expressed concern about homeless behavior in the neighborhood,…

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Still No Consistent Government Response to Homeless Camps

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The City and County estimates that there are roughly 100 encampments – two or more people living without a structured home, typically in tents – and 700 campers at any one time in San Francisco.  However, based on a survey of state and local government officials, including with the California Department of Transportation, Caltrain, and…

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