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$250 million a year on homelessness. and what do we show for it? so my question is how can we break down the dollars? what is that actually fund ing? how much of those dollars actually house people? and why can't we answer that question. >> we can answer it. >> okay. >> unfortune acitily y unfortunately our answer isn't as newsworthy, we spend $250 million on homelessness and look at the s street. the vast majority is spent on housing. >> how much? >> 18 million out of hsa is supportive housing. supporting 4,000 units and ancillary services. the part spent on homeless, about $14 million.
these are ballpark. >> i'm sorry, we'll have an opportunity for members of the public to speak and i know there is incredible frustration on the issue and i appreciate that, but i want the director to answer. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> the part of that $247 million on homelessness, the shelter system, the hot team, the resource centers, so shelter system about $14 million. and supervisor, i will provide these accurate numbers. >> i think it's really important. >> $14 million on shelter. the hot team $8 million. resource centers are about $3 million. eviction prevention is prevention homeless, but not focused on the streets. it's preventing that. supportive housing is not homeless on the street. and then the rest is in the behavioral department dph
and i don't have those numbers, but it's woefully inaccurate to say to the public and to report in the press that we spend $247 million on the 3500 people on street, or the 6,000, 7,000 people identified in the homeless count is simply not true. >> thank you. i want to thank the members. public for being here today and for sitting through a very long hearing. i'm going to call up the speaker cards that i have. i am steve laplanteand debby lehrman [speaker not understood] [ reading speakers' names ]
i got a hernia operation -- okay? i come to the hospital and tell the social worker, come can i get a shelter? can i get a bed? the day before christmas, look me up in the record, hector torrez. i couldn't get a shelter. for me, i'm a homeless man and what i think about the shelters? i wish i could take over and shut them down. they have been discriminating for 20 years. pier 80? what? they said you have to have a tb shot? me? $250 million? save it. save the $250 million. shut them all down. that is how i feel. i can't even take a shower. eight shelters, i can't even take a shower to come over here. domino operation --
they threw me out on the street like a dog. why the hospital doesn't have connection? what a billion dollar donation? the discrimmation is encouraged by all walks of life. everybody is discriminating and subconscious mind don't even realize that they are doing it. >> thank you mr. torrez. >> hello supervisors. thank you so much for holding this hearing today to focus on this important issue. and thank you to the departments for your presentations. i am debby lehrman with the san francisco human services network. we have a few speakers, who represent the community-based non-profit sector. we represent the frontline for serving homelessness on a
daily basis and as partners with the cities, as providers and advocates we see firsthand the barriers that homeless people face and the gaps in the system of care. in response to the proposed new department of homelessness, we have come together to share our expertise and our insights through a policy paper, policy recommendations for the mayor's department of homelessness, insights from community-based non-profits, and we have circulated this via email to the mayor's office and to the departments and the board. i have some copis with me today for policymakers. it's post on our website at sfhfn.org. the authors and signatories are homeless providers association, the homeless employment collaborative, the hiv-aids and san francisco
network and supportive providers network. we're going to present a few key points from the paper and we embrace this opportunity to work together. we submit this paper in the spirit of working together as a community, to develop a shared vision for a better system to serve homeless populations that can serve as a national model for collaboration, resource allocation and results. and we ask all of our policymakers to please review the paper, and give full consideration to our recommendations. thank you for this opportunity. >> thank you, ms. lehrman . good afternoon, i'm karen from episcopal community services. so the first recommendation from the coalition of coalitions is about the departmental structure. and what it should do? and it's our recommendation that it focus squarely and exclusively on homelessness,
with 3 primary tasks. the first is to coordinate the alignment of local and state and federal resources and entities. the second is to abolish or change any policy that exists that creates a barrier to reaching the goal of ending homelessness, and to improve outcomes for people who are homeless. with those charges, we say that the department's parameter should be those programs that exclusively house and serve homeless people. but with very close coordination with the department of public health, the human service agency and mohcd to align access and services that homeless folks need, and that level of coordination requires weekly meetings between very high-level staff between those departments. success in ending homelessness also requires
strategic action that is informed by the community. especially folks who are homeless, and folks who serve and house people who are homeless. and so to ensure transparency in community input a commission should offsee the department and we recommend the local coordinating board and we called for visionary staff. we did use the word "fresh blood," in our document. and joyce's explanation, the words that she used, i wish we had more explicitly said. what we called it was "hiring from the community." and our vision is the same as hers" fresh blood" didn't mean getting rid of old blood, but means bring mg more community perspective. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for once again. i am deborah edelman the
director of programs for hamilton family center, as well as co-chair of the homeless emergency providers association. so we encourage this new department to look really comprehensively at systematic solutions. success of the department is dependent on investment in order to house 8,000 more homeless people in the next five years it will rely on a sustainable revenue source. there should also be a coordinated entry with a unified data system, that assesses and targets services, when needed, and focuses on coordinated placement into permanent and viable housing. we hope that the department will end criminalization of those who are experiencing homelessness, sending out reach workers to offer housing instead of policing homelessness.
focus on prevention, prioritizing eviction-prevention, coordinate closely with dph, to identify barriers to mental health and asubstance-abuse treatment and move to treatment on-demand and expand transitional employment opportunities and job-training, and of course, support the dignity of those who are forced to remain on the streets with sufficient access to restroom, showers, health care, all that will ensure a safe place to live. for these solutions to stick, we encourage the department to transition seamlessly and focus on meaningful outcomes, looking at contract outcomes, multi-tiered aproach and to easily modify contracts as-needed and supporting organizations and
contractors with capacity and adequate staffing. thank you. >> thank you, ms. edleman. >> good afternoon supervisors i'm the executive director of the providence foundation in the bayview-hunters point community, and i also, my organization is a part of the hespagroup and we have outcomes involving the new department and we're requesting that the new changes to improve access would include shelter access. that the department should ensure that access to shelters is seamless. families signing up for shelter wait-lists should not be required to transfer their benefits to san francisco. that singleadults should not be held to the one-night bed
process. where people are turned away while beds are sitting empty and homeless people must go from place to place during multiple times during the day to wait in line for a bed. we also hope that the new department is equitable; that they should ensure equitableness with geographic. >> miss lamar, did you say "empty beds?" >> yes, while beds sit empty we should not have them waiting in line to get a bed. >> could you tell us where you have seen empty beds in our shelter system, that are not utilized and why that happens? that is completely
unacceptable. >> we do, too. we operate a shelter that they call in daily for a bed and it's not always to capacity. >> at providence? >> at providence, the family center is at first friendship. we don't know where the breakdown is, because -- and the change system will say that we are at capacity, and we are not always at capacity >> it's not clear to you why this is happening? >> no. >> even though you place people in these beds? >> yes. we have been trying to straighten that system out for years? >> what is difficult in finding out what is going wrong? what is not happening? >> it's a computer problem? >> it's a computer problem? could you explain that further? >> well, we say that the people call in and placed in the system, but it will say this place is full, when it really isn't full. >> how does that happen?
>> i'm not sure. we can look into it and get to the bottom of it for you, definitely. >> is this from the city or is this happening -- >> the change system is through the city. >> okay. i would like to understand that better, because we should never have any empty beds. first friendship, are these actually beds or mats? >> these are mats. we serve emergency shelter only and our beds are mats. >> right. thank you so much, ms. lamar. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thanks for holding this hearing. my name is doug, co-chair of the supportive housing network and delivering innovation known as dish. a lot of talk around town about this issue and i know that you know that the solution to homelessness is simple, it's housing. i'm here today in support of what my colleagues have said and will say and to urge special attention to five key points. first to increase funding with the widening income gap and aging population in supportive
housing with more acute needs. there is a strong demand for maintaining and increasing funding for supportive housing. supportive housing works and needs to be funded at appropriate-levels. second, creating pathways. we wanted to see the new department of increase the diversity of the housing spectrum to create a tenant-centered approach. which a tenant is ready to move out, this option must be available with rental subsidy supplements that are usually less expensive andplore appropriate for some. with that said we need realistic with scarcity of housing. third, hold rent at 30% of income and supportive housing. some of the city's programs currently charge well above this level, and it is crushing for people who live with such little income. fourth prioritize non-profit owned supportive housing including acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction. and fifth, increase supply of the supportive housing. the department should [tpwao-eupbd/] creative ways to exped yeat the development
of new units and to do so the new department -- we know what works, end homelessness with government oversight together we can end homelessness. thank you. >> thank you, mr. gary. >> hi, my name is jennifer freidbach executive director on the coalition of homelessness and thanking supervisor cohen and supervisors kim for holding this hearing and in addition really thankful about how many people show up on this issue and how many people are really spending a lot of time out of their day to be here to make sure that this issue is addressed. i have to admit, when i walked in the room and saw a packed room, i got really nauseous and nervous because i'm scared; scared there is going to be more hatred
against an entire class of people that i know how vulnerable that population is on the streets. no matter when it's merchant or homeless person themselves seeing their health deteriorate or a neighbor concerned about someone in their neighborhood without housing? no matter what we can agree that solving this crisis is in all of our best interests. so i want to kind of get real about this, and make the statement the 150 beds at pier 80 are not going to be enough beds to house the over 5,000 people who are on streets. we have some suggestions how the city can handle this crisis. first of all, we would really like to see a moratorium on sweeps. the federal government has
really good guidelines that suggest a plan to figure out where people's can be relocated to before they are further disenfranchised to have an exit strategy for people when that facility closes down >> would you finish your sentence? >> yes, we want to see the real health concerns of people on the streets be addressed, and expand the navigation centers citywide and have a sustainable revenue source to really source this problem. thank you. >> thank you, ms. friedenbach. >> good afternoon supervisors, sheryl adams executive director larkin youth services. co-chair and
member of hes paand strongly encourage as we form the department and moving forward to forming the department in the interim we're mindful what is happening currently. to follow-up on jennifer's comments pier 80 and pop-up shelters are great and to focus on exit strategies and continue to ensure those folks left out of housing have access to housing options, creating additional low-barrier housing. we need to focus only population-specific interventions that work and we need to expand that and deepen that. we know what works with familis and veterans and chronically homeless and to continue to work on those and the new department to work on those. in interim we all need to
continue to work together to solve those and to echo what everybody said and you know everybody knows it, the solution to homelessness is housing. unless we are thinking about exits from the time people enter, and reducing barriers we'll continue to see so many folks on our streets who don't want to be there, who want to have other options and we'll continue to see hatred towards them and stigmatization. so we plan now and plan when the department is operational. thank you. >> thank you, ms. adams and before ms. thomas speaks i will call 15 more cards. [ reading speakers' names ]
thank you ms. thomas. >> thank you, laura thomas deputy state director for policy alliance and thank the member of this committee for holding this hearing. in december, the board of supervisors, with leadership from president breed and supervisor kim among others made the very wise decision to not invest money in building a new jail and that has given us an opportunity to really look at how we invest our resources. and i think it's very clear both in the conversations that many of us leading up to that decision and ongoing work with many departments involved, that we need to look at how we address
homelessness in the context of what we need to do instead of building a new jail? i think one of the obvious answers is housing and services including substance use treatment on-demand. supervisors injection services and standing our harm-reduction programs. however, i also want to caution us as we think about creating a department of homeless services that we not silo our response to homelessness into services only and into a department. i think if we disconnect homelessness from our larger city policies, and decisions, we will be doing ourselves a disservice. we need to look at how law enforcement and criminalization happens in the city? we need to look at economic inequality and for closure of homes and we need to look at jobs and who is getting hired? and unless we decriminalize homelessness, unless we undo the ordinance
and enforcement. of the sit-lie ordinance, we will be continuing to drive people into homelessness that will then need to spend money to get them out of. so we need to look at policy solutions on the front-end, as well as continuing to provide services. thank you. >> thank you, ms. thomas. >> hi. my name is kelly keith i'm a homeowner on protero hills. i am a little disappointed supervisor cohen couldn't be here since her district is im pounded by this. sometimes she should make a exception. >> she has another committee hearing. >> this is a big one here today, ma'am. i have never been in a room and felt so much frustrate issue in my entire life, from all sides sides on this and mayor lee said when the
super bowl was coming that they have to go, not one person on this board of supervisors i remember stood up and said no mayor lee, it's not going to happen. january 1st why won't pier 80 opened up? ask the board of supervisors? again silence from you people. it's unbelievable. it's what you are paid to do, you know? what is wrong with you people? you don't listen to what is going on. mayor lee is not doing his job;, you not doing your job. i was accosted by one of these homeless camps. i don't like to walk through dog shit and personal pee and needles all over the place and why? because you guys are not doing your jobs and you are spending $200 million total and now you just figured out we need to consolidate the department? it's not fair to the people who are homeless, because you people can't think forward. this is 2016. this has been going on since mayor agnus, you know? and
the only one who ever did anything was newsom. so i think priorities need to be set -- she wasn't afraid to ask $8 million budget. she should have a $30 million budget. be realistic on that, you know? she was afraid -- joyce, who is retiring, you need to put her on somewhere and not make the political appointments that the board of supervisors is famous for, for doing to people that they know someone. you need to get real you guys. >> thank you. >> i want to further enforce on what he is talking about. you asked the question about what could dramatically change authorized to -- in order that take care of homeless problem? current events show that you give the computer companies like twitter and as a result, twitter has been given
breaks that total $40 million, okay? this tax breaks for twitter, and five other companies that has cost the city $33 .6 million since the year 2015. 2014. moreover the tax collector david arguine explained it cost the city $6.1 million in previous years and $39.8 million since 2011. that is more than enough money to provide permanent housing for low-income people who have a combination of both mental and physical disabilities plus our veterans as well. yet you build a new buildsing and advertise affordable housing and the truth is what housing is being rhoded d provided for people making $122,300 a year and the
money to be spent on homeless people. holmes homeless people need housing. it's disgusting thing. you spent $5 million for super bowl activities and santa clara spent $4 million and negotiations where the nfl paid $4 million expenses in santa clara, but the $5 million that was spent for the city and city and county of san francisco, the nfl is not paying for that. why is that? >> i agree.a thank you. . i have to keep people at the
same time. thank you. i have to keep everyone on the same time. i appreciate your comments. >> mary anne mill my husband and i are seniors and moved to 7th and barry two-and-a-half years ago and i have been in constant talks with ms. cohen. we're just taxpayers and we feel like we're totally in a bad spot. because we're coming to you to ask your help. i'm not unsympathetic to this problem. i can't walk out my door. i live with caltrain on one side, ecology with a fence that the homeless has taken over. we pull our car into our complex, and if the gate doesn't go down quickly, we have problems.
i am not unsympathetic to this problem because i volunteer, but we are taxpayers and we pay an hoa fee for our little apartment and we can't keep the trash out of our area. i mean, i can't walk my grandson down the street on barry because we're accosted by all kinds of language and somebody offered me a parking space across from my apartment yesterday for $15. somebody, i heard at safeway say, i saw my daughter's bike at one of the encampments and i was going to call the police and i thought, that is hopeless. so the next day she drove by, where her -- excuse me -- where her daughter's bike was, and offered the guy who stole it $15, and he put it in her car and took the $15. we're dealing with all kinds of problems, but we're taxpayers and we're looking to this board of supervisors to help us.
and we're hoping when the division group goes by, they look at barry where barry has a fence and they don't pick up the trash. >> thank you, ms. mills. >> before we move on i need to make a motion to excuse supervisor yee. seconded by supervisor peskin. >> supervisor yee is excused. >> james span yellow and i have lived in the area in western soma since 2002 and this past year has been the worst i have ever experienced hoar. this morning is a classic example of. i walking out my tv walking to this meeting and there is a tent blocking the entire sidewalk on a danger corner as cars stand in. i have to walk into the vehicular traffic and yes, a car turns the corner and almost hits me. i pick up the phone and call
911 because this is how dire the situation is for me, i don't understand why i can't walk down the sidewalk and i'm forced into vehicular traffic? this past year was the first year i have lived in san francisco since 2002, my business has broken into and since 2002 that my home has been broken in and this is the first year that i have been physically threatened. this is the first year that my father on father's day was physically threatened. this is the first year that i am now fearful and my neighbors are now fearful of actually walking on the sidewalk. walking our dog, i can't go out at night now in my neighborhood:this is the first year there are so many car break-ins it's astronomical and this is the first year that every single relative that has come to my home, every business associate that has come to this city, every
single-family member, every friend that has visited me this year has made a comment of how horrible and deplorable the city is to look at. the main problem i see there is a situation where we're talking about homeless, but there is a crowd of criminal group that you have allowed to come into this city, who has prostitution rings and selling drugs and that group you are allowing to be here. that group needs to be dealt with. why are there bike chop-shops everywhere? all over allowed to be in the city? i don't understand that. >> thank you, mr. spanello. i have to deep keep everybody on the same time. >> thank you, sir. >> next speaker, please. >> hi supervisors. thank you for this time. my that of name is ivy
lumpkin and i work at the soma food court. and rainbow groceries and other local businesses. i have been conversing with, as well as learning more from organizations such as project homeless connect. as a representative of soma street food park, we're here to listen and we're here to learn and make our presence known. just as ms. mills was asking for help from the city, i would like to remind the city that it can ask help from its local area businesses. we need direction? we need to know what we can do as far as we can in our capacity? how can we provide help? as a representative of the business in the area, the epi center of the division street encampments, the new prostitution rings -- we need to know how much help and in what ways we can help? what capacity? otherwise, you know, we're
going to be spending our time investing money as citizens and i know that citizens in san francisco have raised over $10,000 for tents specifically because they were told that these tents were going to be removed by the city? it just seems that money is being put one way, by citizens, and the city isn't paying attention to where that money is going? so we're actually throwing this away. we need direction to know how we can put our help to the best use? what organizations can we partner with? and the agenda of the department of homelessness in the future, what are those initiatives? what are those timelines and in what ways can we be of help in this ongoing process? thank you very much for your time. >> thank you, ms. lumpkin. [*-plts/] hello, thank you, supervisors. my name is dennis wagner cfo
and director of rainbow groceries. the folks presently living on the streets are surfing and need to be treated with compassion and dignity. if you do not see this, then you are not paying a tension and we need to be treated with dignity and heard and we need a viable plan and long-term plan to end the causes of homelessness. these are complex issues that require resources and coordination, but not impossible goals. while we together are working on long-term actions, designed to end homelessness in san francisco, we need to have specific and immediate services to address service health and safety issues in our neighborhood. we need portable toilets available for 24-hour accessibility. we need public garbage cans on every block with daily
garbage pickup. we need the streets cleaned on a daily basis. we need needle clean-up on a daily basis. we need more mental health professionals and more hot teams immediately is deployed on san francisco's city streets. these requests are not outrageous demands on thee of san francisco, but a proper response of programs not successful. again our long-term goal is to accommodate humans in need including running water, access to bathroom facilities, cooking facilities and proper garage pick-up. we urge city officials in san francisco to spread facilities throughout the city, to ensure access to all districts of the city. whatever we're doing presently is not enough. i hear the call for more housing. it boil downs to money. more resources directed to acquiring housing. that would be the main thing. thank you so much. [ applause ]
>> thank you, mr. wagner. >> michael becker director of veterans group. i'm doing a lot of housing and i want to echo more and more and more and more housing. 8,000 more housed. we need more and dream more than just a mat on the floor of an industrial shed. we need exit strategies. that is what we need. that is what we should fight for. i want to say that no one can deny the progress that was made with addressing chronically homeless veterans. it can't be denied. the city was able to take advantage though of some key federal subsidies, from the feds. and they were able to work together with a lot of different groups. there is a lot of different stakeholders. so i think that process, that planning process allowed us to house 136 chronically homeless vets in stanford hotel for
instance on 250 kearny street. that is part of the a larger planning process and speaks to the recommendation that the department really needs to take advantage of all of the wisdom here in the room, and elsewhere, and not just like go into a backroom with usual suspects and come up with a plan, and saying here is the plan. now do your part in this. we have to be involved in the planning from the beginning. so that is really crucial for this department to take note of that. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is matt bartec and work with street services for the haight street referral center. i want to say it's awesome to see everyone here, because i think this is where some of the best solutions are going to come from. viable solutions need to have everyone involved and it's something that i would like to highlight. it's important that we're going to talk about homelessness, that we have homeless individuals be a part of this conversation. because if we set things up for them, i don't think that is going to be a long-term
solution. but we need to have a lot of feedback from them. i think something that is very helpful with the new department is working with the community. that includes residents. that includes service providers . because i think that is going to be -- like i said, more of a viable solution. another thing that is really important is expanding a lot of drop-ins that are here in san francisco. specifically youth drop-ins. i know that is something that is a big point of topic in the haight and i think that would be a positive thing. so drop-in places where people can get lots of services and similar so the navigation center, to saturate them with services to get those needs met. another thing that would be very helpful is housing. of course, housing is something that everybody has been talking about. i think housing specifically for youth needs to be lower-barrier. just my experience in the haight shows there is a lot of people traveling in groups. if we say there is a spot for you, but no spot for three
other friends that protected you or your service animal could be a major barrier and making department of public health for people to access and quick access. so it's there in moment when they are ready for the change. thank you. >> thank you, before the next speaker comes up, i will call 15 more cards.
[ reading speakers' names ] greetings supervisors and thank you for having this hear. my name is jennifer stock er i'm on the board of directors of rainbow groceries. i'm coming here to let you know although the city provided some action towards services for which we had asked, we did not ask the city to give a 72-hour notice to people living on division street. we asked for very specific services to be provided to the folks living on the streets, around rainbow and throughout the city. we are continuing to meet with representatives of the city, to articulate and develop a more compassionate and beneficial response to the problems that we all
face with this unfortunate situation and the growing number people living on streets. we'll continue to press officials of san francisco to one, provide more basic health services for the folks who find themselves living on the street. second, accelerate the opening and operations of facilities that can aid people in their needed transition from their street dwellings into a safe, clean, and stable housing. lastly, maintain a clean and safe environment for residents, and businesses, and the community in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you, ms. stocker. >> hello. i want to thank the board of supervisors for doing something like this, and supervisor kim, just so you know, my name, any ancestors
from germany is ei is pronounced "i." >> thank you. >> i volunteer and we're serving so many more meals. used to be on a busy day, 1600, 1700 and the average is 2500-2900, memorial day 2005, we serves 4,000, the most we ever served. more and more the country is becoming the rich get richer and the heck with everyone else. st. anthony has good programs, employment programs and shelters for people to go. it's just funny, we got reagan to thanks for a lot of these people being on the street, because when as we governor he shut off funding to the mental hospital. i wanted to learn about the
other programs and i want to st. anthony's day before i started and this man wandered in from the streets he was schizophrenic and hearing god talk to him. the facilitator said why don't you come to the dining room to get something eat and shed is asked him to get something to eat and he said no, and when we volunteered in the dining room, all that went through my head is there, but for the grace of god, goes i. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. lovely to be in the board chambers. lorna guzman and local representative for coordinating board and i have been there as long as
supervisor peskin, he probably reappointed me. my first request to the board, you guys need to be involved in our policies. so i really want to make sure that through the board of supervisors, you direct either through your committees that you have participation in the interagency council that the mayor has formed. our homeless plan adopted by the local homeless board and sent to hud has never been approved by the city, even though we presented at the first interagency council that the mayor formed. if you read the mayor's directionives, one of the reasons that we convene was a big proponent that we were having the city together talk about our policies. and that we have one plan, not 2500. so i want to make sure one of the first steps and malia is not here, but that we recommend -- i'm sorry, the board and the mayor's office of interagency council approve this plan,
which is now two years old. this that our very meager plan for housing included only 300 a month because the mayor's office on housing -- to increase the number of housing that is particular to homeless people. with regardsing to governance, i was delighted when sam dodge called me and told me we're going for one department after looking at texas and in particular houston. presenting to the mayor's office their tremendous achievements there reducing street homelessness in particular in texas. where we learned the governance done by continuum of care. it's interesting that the local homeless boards -- has not been invited and this city has not honors us in 12 years a policymaker body.
i hope you commit to that and tell the mayor clearly -- the local homeless board -- >> thank you. >> let me finish this. >> if you finish the sentence. >> he said no. i am asking you to ask the mayor that we first decide the governance of that department before we move into the department? thank you very much. >> thank you ms. guzman. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is daniel conrad. i live in supervisor kim's district. i lived in supervisor cohen's district for many years. my business is in supervisor campos district. i know this part of town well. i have a small business at 1515 bryant street, the hams building on bryant and florida streets about a block off of 13, which we call "division." i am in favor of the new one department. i think any way we can more efficiently deliver the
services can only be a benefit to the city and i think pier 80 is a start. in the neighborhood of my business, i have heard "criminalization," but there are were criminal activities happening on the street every day. you read about it in the paper, but you come down and see it. we see it happening. one of these folks pulled a gun on an unarmed security guard and i'm concerned one of my clients or employees is going to get hurt or killed. these people have pipes and baseball bats. it is not wrong for the city to be treating this as a social service problem without ignoring the criminal law component of this. the spca is at the 16th street end of florida street
where the population has tripled in about the last week-and-a-half. the volunteers would walk the rescue dogs can't walk them on the sidewalks and they have to walk them in the streets and there are trucks in the streets. so it's dangerous to many good parts of society in town, including employers, people who pay taxes, and people who follow the law. so please do not ignore this important component. thank you, supervisors. >> thank you, mr. conrad. >> thank you my name is high carol and i'm active in many organizations including faith for fool and it's been a privilege to sit here and listen to the brilliant leader of departments and non-profits to speak.
these brilliant people working so hard with their co-workers to solve the problems. i don't know if this department is a great idea, but i want the city to come together with this department, with information from these organizations. and not just do this partway. we need to continue to give existing services that we're already providing to people while building this new department and possibly going all in. i mean there is a lot of people upset, scrambling over minimum of resources. we need more money and where we get that i'm motsure, but clearly people are upset and we need more money. i'm glad we have neighbors that are living unhoused on the streets that are being represented and people living in the neighborhood, trying to shoulder more than their share of burden here telling us. we care about these people,
and i wish there were a better option than more money to help solve this. discussion groups to bring people together to share and understand that we're all people and just putting more resources into this. thank you all for your time today. >> >> thank you, mr. carroll. >> i'm tom taylor. my street where i have my business and many of the tenants have gone, couldn't stay here. we have been dump on for years had our neighborhood. it's nothing new. we have a little block party and you ms. kim did not show up and we had no representation from you at all. we have since go gone ahead and got the city to approve the park $1.5 million -- you never shows and thank you very much for not caring. it's the first place that gets dumped on is us. we got all the people down there and the encampment this time was beyond.
you got your super bowl. we got the dump. we're kind of mads. we're kind of fedup. the man back here, his business has been there umpteen years and he had a fire that burned the side of his building. we're tired of being dumped on and we're putting the paperwork together -- to sue the city to say we want our taxes lowered, we're sick and tired of having the needles outside of our places. it's nothing new, but since the super bowl you really dump on. so we thank you ms. kim for not caring. goodbye. >> thank you, mr. taylor. >> good afternoon supervisors. my name is bobby bogan, resident of san francisco, former executive director of
organizing seniors. i have been gone out of this environment and come back and we still have the same statistics. we still got the same people involved in this problem. we still talking about the same committees now the committees are expandsing and navigation and people are still complaining about the number of homeless people growing. we're not really addressing this thing with the times. one thing that we all ain't understanding there is a new america here now and that new america was created out of the economic crisis with 45 million people still living in poverty here. we don't have the money to do what is needed. in order to end the homeless problem we have got to get with that agenda. because these people are growing up in poverty know and people growing up in homeless. everything is growing and we need to get with another
plan here. we need to get with another way of dealing with thing because we're working with the same culture over and over and over again and expecting to get different results from the navigation places? some people don't want to go in. we're spending money and we need to get to the polls and get money out here to start making some things happen. we could have taken advantage of these vacated military bases that got housing and stuff. we haven't even done that yet. there is a lot of things that could be done besides going through what we are doing through over and over again and spending more and more money. joyce is getting ready and we have aaron peskin back to take advantage of his wisdom and getting something going here. where we can share with the rest of the nation. because this problem ain't going away. it's not going to away. ain't nobody got no money. it's not go away. thank you all for letting me come through.
>> thank you. >> good morning, jordan davis, tenderloin resident to speak on the homeless crisis in san francisco. before i get into solutions, for the record, giving people actually homes and i support one-stop center like you are proposing. i believe that part of the alleviation of homelessness is also getting rid of every anti-homeless law passed since dianne feinstein became mayor. the hate-crime also cause me to lose an eye. i didn't good to the police because they would arrested me instead of the perpetrate perpetrator [speaker not understood] we must decriminalize homeless drugs and sex work
and seek solutions for all. moreover the navigation center is great and i an alumni and utah puts people in apartments and treats them like adults. navigation center has become a pipeline to the corrupt and crooked tenderloin housing clinic including pest issues and paying more than 50% of ssi and allowed convicted rapists and pedophiles and lack of private bathrooms and reasonable accommodations. which goes to the issues of families and issues of disability right and even transgenders rights. we don't demand luxury from the housing, but we demand standards. i don't say this much, but let's follow utah's -- we need diversity of housing solutions. thank you for holdsing this
hearing and i hope something good comes out of it. >> thank you good afternoon. supervisors. everybody that is here, there is a lot of compassion in this room and i'm somebody who is actually sleeping under the bridge that we're all talking about. with what being said, where do i go? what do i do? i can't access services that are offered by the city. you know, i was turned away from the navigation because they can only hold 75 people and turned away from pier 80 because they need a reservation. i feel for the business owners, but where do i go? better yet, where do i go to the bathroom? is safeway's responsibility to always let me go to the bathroom.
i feel bad for safeway. i get it, nobody wants to see tent city. it sucks and 98% of us want help, we do. coming home -- coming back to my tent, to a notice that the family next to me doesn't speak english and how are they to understand what is going on? i thank you kim and you have been amazing. listening to a lot of people, this has brought tears to my eyes. actions that support homelessness. you do want to walk down the street. i get that. i spent an hour and a half this morning with few volunteers cleaning up the streets. why can't we have trashcans? these are things that could be done today rather than two weeks from now. kim, where do we go? what do with he do?
>> you said you went to pier 80? >> i was turned away. >> because you didn't have? >> a reservation in the change system. >> okay. >> how do you access the change system on the weekend? >> i don't want to start a conversation on the mic. mr. dodge or miss crum. >> miss crum, can we hear from you awesome, thank you, guys and thank you everybody being here. >> before you go one more question you said there is family next to you. >> yes. >> how many familis do you think are under the bridge? >> 20-30. >> 20-30 families? >> with children? >> you don't know. that is the thing. they are in tents. there are children on the streets. >> you have seen them? >> yes. there are children. >> the family next to, what language do they speak? >> chinese i'm guessing or mandarin. isn't legal notice supposed
to be in other languages? >> i have a lot of questions. miss crum. >> can we get clarification on that, because that is not my understanding. >> we're talking about pier 80, correct? >> correct. >> so pier 80 is accessed by the sf hot team. they go to the encampments and try to bring people in groups. if they are not able to bring a group in that night, those beds are opened up to individuals who are at msc south our largest shelter and our drop-in shelter. so they are waiting outside to get into either get a chair or a bed at msc south or a bed in one of the other systems. each night we move people from msc south to pier 80, to access the beds. do they walk -- can they walk up and access pier 80? no. they cannot.
because we never know if we're going to be at capacity, or we never know when the hot team goes out to bring everyone in, if the whole group is intact? so we have to take sure that there are beds available for the group that they have made contact in to bring them into pier 80. >> with regard to the gentleman's assertion about the number of individuals and number of familis and individualses? >> kelly, if your outreach with the hot team, have you encountered familis? she said no, but she could speak to that no. we have heard that conversation, too. but in our outreach with even our homeward bound team and sf hot we haven't encountered families, but i can't say if that is a true statement or not? >> thank you, ms. crum. >> thank you. >> hello supervisors. thank you. my name is laurkey ara and
i'm supervisor attorney at homeless advocacy part of the justice and diversity center. i have been doing eviction defense in san francisco over ten years and supervise the legal clinic. the solution to homeless crisis is more housing, but in addition to that i would like to mention two cases, i believe that were preventable homelessness that the sheriff evicted yesterday. the first one i would like to introduce you to is a family, evicted by the sheriff yesterday. they are a hard working low-income family with small children and disabled folks. they had fled guatemala when the military burned every village, every house in their village including theirs and murdered mirror family an savagely beat the actual people, the tenants. they lived in their home 26 years and evicted for pure and simple greed. there is no other reason. landlord just wanted the money. they had it all. if they had a full scope
attorney from the beginning of their eviction all the way through that had shepherded them through the end, i'm confident that they would be housed today rather than sleeping with family or waiting months for a shelter, one of the family shelters or sleeping in their car. we need more -- we need to stop preventable evictions with more eviction-defense attorneys. secondly yesterday the sheriff evicted a mentally disabled mentally ill person with serious chronic health conditions. she was evicted from a privately managed san francisco property and a san francisco native and had never been homeless before. today she is on the streets and will get citations for living on streets and she will be harassed and physical abuse. pell will pass her by and judge her and think they know why she is homeless. and her only crime is being sick and poor in san francisco. right now if she had
emergency social service intervention, she would have been able to maintain housing and hsa has a program welcoming with dph -- >> i can only let you finish your sentence. finish your sentence. >> okay. this program exists right now that they use in some of the hsa's supportive housing that should be a separate program should be opened up to private market housing, and affordable housing that does not provide supportive services. thank you. >> thank you. >> i'm ben woolsley and we're interested in improving quality of life for everyone in western soma. i want to call attention to a specific problem and the current approach to homeless mitigation, which is the problem of scale. we have 75? person navigation center and pier 80, but 6,000 plus
homeless people. those people lacking transitional housing opportunities provided by the city make their own and create de facto transitional housing which is the tents on the sidewalks. the problems that arise from the tents on the sidewalk are not -- are problems that are easily avoided. we can provide trash service. we can provide disposal and so on. other cites are doing this currently. seattle is an example. they have organized accountable tent encampments and provide kitchens and where the community itself provides for itself, manages itself and they do so at an extremely affordable cost, a cost that the city can afford to provide meaningful housing for everyone homeless person immediately. like within the next six months. it takes unused land,
parking lots or empty lots, and the costs run about $100 per person per month. half of which is provided by the resident themselves and for that they get bathrooms, kitchens and so on. granted its modest circumstances. its intent, but it's community and facilities are there. i think this is the only way we're going to get -- we're going meaningful address the number of homeless people in the city. thank you. >> thank you, woolsley. i'm going to called rest of my speaker cards. [ reading speakers' names ]
>> hi, thanks for having this hearing i'm leslie with housing rights committee. i think it's you ashame that every supervisor isn't here to hear these testimonies. [ applause ] >> i want to second what coalition on homelessness said. and we need an immediate moratorium on the sweeps and criminalization of homelessness and we can do bathrooms and showers and garbage access. we have the money. this is the richest city in the area. and i'm not going to -- everyone else said a lot of what i wanted to say. so i just want to say that we need for you to look holistically
on how you are governing us? we need you to stop the evictions that are driving homelessness. so pass speculator tax and put a moratorium on evictions so people don't end up being homeless. a lot that trickles down to homeless that we need you to stop. in general, there is 62 people in the world that have more wealth in the bottom half of our income-earners in the world. that is a huge person. we're the most unequal city in the united states right now as far as our gap between rich and poor. so we need to pass policy that addresses that instead of catering to rich corporations here and giving them tax breaks. thank you [ applause ] . >> thank you. x good afternoon. my name is martha ryan the founder and executive director of the homeless prenatal program. a family
resource center that has been working in san francisco for the last 26 years. you have heard it all, it's a big, big problem. housing will solve that problem, but services matter. supportive housing is really important. and if we want to look to the future, i say it's a time that we start going much, much further upstream. we have to pay attention to the children, the babies that are born into poverty, they didn't ask for this and their trajectory there life will end up as kids in the tents on the streets. we have to start providing opportunities. people do not have the opportunities that they deserve. talking educational opportunities, job-training, jobs. it's an economic problem and we have to partner. if we think we can do this on our own, we're nuts. we're delusional. you have to take advantage of the people who have offered support. we had people from the community, of. we have
people from the business department and people from everywhere that want to help, but we're not paying attention. we're doing this in silos. prevention, preventative evictions, provide housing, provide support and job opportunities and education for the people who are just stuck in homelessness and will never get out unless we start doing these things. it can be done. thank you. >> thank you, ms. ryan, for being here >> hi i'm stevens and did volunteer work with san francisco shares and also just in response to the crisis created by the mayor's administration tuesday spent a lot of day just observing what has happening. so i have so much to say about that, but i will talk about one case about a guy who was
notified about the street being clean up. i didn't see any service providing hot teams or other people. he missed his methadone appointment because he had to prevent his shelter from being trashed and getting treatment. i haven't been able to reach him and i am worried he has gone back to being a user, because he was harassed so badly by 20 dpw employees. i did speak to rachel kegan, director of communications and told me pier 80 is an option for the people. meanwhile the same day, the chronicle reported after going to pier 80 with the mayor, that 80 out of 100 beds were occupied and even the 150 beds.
the nearest methadoneclinic is miles from pier 80. you have to transfer your paperwork and plan the day that happens. so i saw 25 san francisco city employees out there harassing people and spinning the situation and lying. but nobody there helping citizens who live there. the city could easily provide garbage cans, portable toilets, sharp containers to address the health concern of needles. last, this guy who lives on the streets, his street was already cleared, but he was notified after it was cleared -- [ inaudible ] >> thank you. i'm sorry. i have to give the same time to everybody. please finish your sentence. >> so i would love to know what the standard of the city is applying according to the
department of justice memo about cruel and unusual moving of people with nowhere to go? his street was already cleaned tuesday, but he was also notified about a cleaning on friday. what is the standard for determining when is that acceptable and constitutional? >> thank you. >> >> frances of assisi challenges us to do what is possible to the marginalized in our community -- nobody is listening -- jane kim, aaron peskin, london breed, nobody is listening. >> just so you know, i can actually help accommodate this reporter and listen to you and jane can listen to that person. we are good at multi-tasking, but the floor is yours and that won't come out of your time. >> thank you so much. maybe we can reset that. so i started the st. frances homelessness challenge a couple of months ago to challenge neighbors and city
hall to take action. what is going on division street right noul now is outrageous 72-hour notice to say this is a public health hazard around unhygienic toileting and other issues when the services aren't being provided. tonight to let everybody here know we're going to be out at division and 11th. i'm spending the night there along with other volunteers in order to offer a port-a-potty, which the city has failed to provide, and sometimes people say why don't they allow those port-a-potties at van ness and division to be used and the security guards who guard there is a we don't want people to be too comfortable here. that is why i think it's disingenuous they are saying it's a public health hazard. living on the streets is a
public health hazard, but we know we don't have enough housing to house everyone on the streets within the next year; right? when we create this new department we need to make sure there is a focus on permanent housing and getting people into the supportive housing, but also focused on interim solutions and support. it's pretty outrageous, too, that the human services agency created pier 80 without going to the coalition on homelessness and without going to the community to figure out how to create a welcoming, supportive environment? so right now what we are doing is we're looking to create these kinds of interim solutions. portland has done this, eugene has done this, seattle has done this. can we do this? in san francisco? i think it's quite possible with a city of innovation and cesar chavez and san bruno is another area to look at and to work together to create
interim solutions to ending homelessness. >> thank you, ms. wies. >> thank you guys for doing. my name is aaron and i'm homeless, although i'm currently living in transition housing. april 22, i will be homeless. i'm saying do not let non-profit take over and prioritize and privateer, because it will cause a problem. you are talking about a lot of money and if you can't fix the money with whatever you have in place throwing more money is not the solution. second thing, soup kitchen and clothes are not the answer. housing is the answer, but it's not the type of housing that everyone envisions. you need hardcore infrastructure on the ground to be stationary for a year or two to transition.
you will have to raise education teach them how to uses technology and provide services within the city. then they transition into perm negligent permanent housing and they contributinging and paying targets and full citizens of the city. [speaker not understood] the other thing is that mental health issues -- i'm a disabled combat veteran by the way. thank god my disability just went through and that is going to help me. mental health issues, veterans and drug addiction, all of these are in the inclusive of being homelessness. laziness is not a symptom of homeless. people need help. they don't need to be looked down upon. it's not where we sit here and yell and point fingers
and blame each other. we're here to figure out how to help people? i have heard a homeowner to a business owner to a person on the street and people saying what do i do? we have got problem and we have to deal with them. please be careful who you han this money to. >> thank you. before i do, ask i ask with you are staying in transitional housing? >> i live on treasure island. >> are you under the source share program? >> i'm under drc. >> daily reporting center. one last thing, there are military barracks empty that i go by every single day. >> thank you. >> hello jane, aaron and board. my name is ken pisher homeless action center board of directors founds route home and co-founder of st. francis village. we have been collaborating
or trying to with some folks at the city to provide services and temporary transitional housing under cesar chavez. i have found a lot of great organizations that are willing to partner with other folks from the city. i guess i would really encourage and embrace you to look to these innovative ideas. for instance, dignity village, those solutions have come up quite often and i feel they are good, transitional solutions. i would like to give that a shot at cesar chavez and 101 and i would like your help to do it. i also am just really disappointed what is going on right now in division street
and feel with the recent department of justice ruling that we shouldn't be criminalizing and sweeping away people, but providing a compassionate solution. so which folks like police officers and dpw shows to work with people on the streets rather than sweeping them away. so i would love to continue the conversation and be in touch with you. i hope i have an opportunity to continue to offer our services and hope that you will consider partnering with people, as well as non-profits. thank you. >> thank you, mr. fisher. >> i guess it's 2:00, so good afternoon. is that right? whatever time it is, well hello everybody. my name is rose eggeer and i
live on natoma street. i have been in san francisco 38 years. when you talk about homelessness, you can't just say well these are the homeless. the people in my neighborhood are chronic homeless people. the people in my neighborhood have been there for decades. that neighborhood was created a long time ago. there are drug addiction problems that are so terrible, alcoholism, and just total poverty. we want to try to transcend the whole neighborhood into being a better neighborhood. we would like to have these people have services that can help them with their drug addiction, that can help them. how can you be mentally disabled and be stuck on the streets like that? who are the people that are
doing all of this stuff? people that can't even -- they don't even know up or down. they are schizophrenic, half the times out there. they need so much help. we clean the streets every day -- this lady cleans the streets every day for these people. i propose a project on taylor and eddy, you build micro apartments for the homeless. you have a real transitional building that has lots of rooms. you can train them. you can have one month, then three months, a year, into new housing. please think of this. don't build something there a neighborhood, family apartments in a neighborhood that is just going to get them into poverty. poverty will get you more poverty. please, rise out of poverty! >> thank you, ms. egar.
>> i live a block from division and it really affected me watching what was being done over there recently. i just want to say i have been living there a while and never have a problem with the people there and i don't like to see people's possessions being confiscated. i support the thing that was said earlier about a moratorium on sweeps until the department is setup and making recommendations because taking people's stuff is not helping and not helping us -- not helping them, but also not helping the residents because it makes it the worse the problem we have to deal with. i spoke to some of the people on the streets the other day and some things that they mentioned in places like pier 80 they are given a mat. these people are living in
tents as a homeless program you are talking about can focus on both creating new housing, but making it better at each step for the people in their transition. and taking them out of their tents, when you don't have a better place to put them isn't helping. these places should have -- this is one idea suggested to me by one of the homeless people, a place for them to set up tents that is not blocking sidewalks for a temporary thing until you get better systems set up. one other thing i wanted to mention, we have a situation in san francisco where there is a lot of money being made by a very small group of people, developers, and people coming in from outside the city that are flipping properties. there is a precedent in the united states of windfall profits being taken in when people are -- a few people are making really profit and
those people doing that kind of thing, are having a serious impact only the city of san francisco and just like the hotel tax is, targeted hotels, those people should be targeted for fees or taxes based on what they are doing and the harm that they are doing to the community, so it can be made up for? thank you very much. >> thank you, john. >> hi name is edna reya, resident as well and artist and bartender. i keep hearing all day about the lack of current computer systems to integrate the homeless no one database and access of services easier. with all of the new tech companies running integrated systemses for the whole world out of san francisco, you have the best resources in the world to tackle these computer problems. tap into the new tech companis in the city who have driven up the market-rates. give them a chance to a, redeem themselves to the other citizens of san
francisco, who are angry at them for the influx of the weather wealth contributing to the dispart of the classes. the empty lots -- the city should allocate lots to homelessness and resist money there big companies to create more offices . since there wasn't a call made before, i i i now -- i think now is a good time. thank you. >> thank you miss reya >> good afternoon, elizabeth living in supervisor wiener's district and long-term resident of san francisco. i'm very fortunate i have a house living in a
rent-controlled apartment and good-paying union job. i live in the mission district and we have seen the homeless population just sky rocket very recently. i am a long-term customer of the rainbow, and i ride my bicycle all over time, including home from my job at night on market street. it's pathetic what this city has allowed to happen. i'm going to read a little something, a little text my daughter sent through facebook. last night while this group of young homeless people slept someone lit their tents on fire. the flames got so high that they reached the ceiling of the overpass. again, someone tried to murder these people while they were sleeping because they are poor, and the city of san francisco will not tolerate that. this is the problem. our problem. we tolerate wealthy people owning properties all over the city, who do not live
here, foreign investors are allowed to keep their apartments vacant. they pay no price. we pay the price. what is the problem with exercising eminent domain on these out of town landlords? also what is the problem -- i'm sorry, i'm getting a little bit excited, but what is the problem of taking care of the people? we have empty schools all night long and why do we need to have people living on the streets with car pollution and rats? why can't we open up the school gyms at night and have the people at least get off of the streets? we have so many options available to us, but a lot of options that we have we're not even looking at and a lot of them don't cost a lot of money to implement. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi; my name is jordan.
a few months ago i was homeless for a few weeks. before that i was paying $2,000 a month in rent, five years ago i was one of those guys with the high-paying tech jobs. so i have seen all sides of this and i have compassion for all sides. i just want to highlight one particular aspect from my experience of getting out of that mess, which is kind of behavioral health, mental health side that we know is an issue. when i needed help and sought services with the behavioral health system, i felt like the system failed me. i was not addicted to drugs. i was not seeking medications. i was looking for essentially help with ptsd and anxiety, and my experience was explaining my situation multiple times in detail as others have described. just very opening my heart and saying all of this stuff
about my trauma and having somebody record the details and doing that two or three time and it was like none of it went anywhere. the last meet i literally went to an appointment for an intake for drug addiction treatment after two times explaining that my problem is not caused by drugs. i'm not seeking drugs, but my experience was from this particular angle of the behavioral health/mental health system is designed to funnel people in and the only thing it knows how to do is give them drugs. and in the cases where drugs aren't the problem, that is not helping. i wanted to share that and hope something good comes out of this because obviously a lot of people care. >> thank you, sir } thank you. >> the homeless problem and
lack of housing is causing more and more dangers for all of us just walking down the street. people are retaliating once again another. and it's become a class war. where there is a big gap between tech and low-income. and there is not enough bridges where people can pass through, and actually start finding solutions. we have -- we live in one of the biggest cities that has one of the creative -- biggest creative minds and nobody takes actions to work together. it's really hard to go to work every day and keep telling people, no, no, i can't give you a house, even though i go home to my bed. it's cruel. it's cruel to take people's only possession, their dog, their walker, things -- the little bits of things that keep them human, to take these things away. we have so much money and we don't allocate it well.
i think it's great how the city contracts different agency s to help suspect because -- support these individuals. this is not their experience they contract agencies to seek appropriate supporting around mental health/behavioral problems, substance? i just want to highlight a couple of things. when we talk about criminal activities and things like that, is it people's choice or people doing it out of desperation or survival? there is a lack of humanity, and often people have not lived in the city long enough to actually love and grow to love our population and try to make it something better out of it. i think that trying to establish for think-tanks
-- >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> thank you for your patience. i know this has been a long day for you. my name is jane wile and i know supervisor kim. i live in mid-market and every day we walk through the problems that people have described here. it's definitely gotten worse. it's scary to walk down the street, double do down mission or market street. we definitely need more housing and short-term we services. people breaking down, because they are having
and help people to get into a supportive place to be assessed for what is happening to them mentally? they may not be homeless. some of the people live in our neighborhood, but they can't help themselves, because they are out on the street breaking down. we have people passed out in the streets in their own waste. they may or may not be homeless. we need a compassionate way to take them to the dry-out center or back to their own room, if they have one. but we can't step over there and ignore them. that is what we are doing now, walking over people. we have to cross to the other side of the street because we're afraid of someone being violent. it's not a civilized way to live. i want to set apart of the short-term and long-term and while you are looking for long-term solutions to come up with day-to-day short-term solutions as well. thank you. >> thank you.
>> hi. my name is terrace and i'm a mission resident of 13 years. i am a small business owner. and i am formerly homeless, several times, in my life. and now i'm a health care provider in san francisco, and i'm a little nervous because i just got into a very heated discussion with sam dodge who yelled in my face and can appreciate his passion and i'm passionate about this as well. while i appreciate and definitely necessary all the long-term solutions put forward and i'm so glad that is happening, my focus is short-term solutions. when we saw video of the dpw crushing people's tents about a month ago my friend and i started a gofundme campaign
to replace those tents. our concern is with cesar chavez and 101 division street encampments. everyone is always talking about people going to the bathroom on the street, and i say, if you don't want people to go to the bathroom on the street, bring them port-a-potties. if you don't want needles on the streets, bring people sharps containers and needle exchange programs. why scatter them instead of bringing them services. tonight there will be
thousands sleeping outdoors [speaker not understood] >> thank you. >> mr. chair peskin, madame president breed and supervisor kim, steve laplant, retired after 35 years as the emergency medical services administrator for the san francisco. from 1982-88 i worked in the mayor's office under dianne feinstein and the mayor thought it was originally temporary and she appointed me the city's first homeless coordinator and i worked with the public and private agencies in the city to deal with this issue. i have two points to make. one is she asked me to make sure there were no encampment and wherever one did arise i
respectfully asked them to leave and they always did. one of the encampments that i worked to close is as large as the one on division street is now. it should be a policy that we just not allow encampments. last january with el nino, the hundreds living in golden gate park were flooded out and pier 50 was opened up and we houses 500 people a night for 15 months. when the weather was really bad we ramped up to 700. i would like too suggest that we never had to turn anyone away, no matter how many people we had. thank you. >> thank you, mr. laplante. thank you for coming back to
speak. >> good afternoon, supervisors. eric brooks, san francisco green party, local grassroots organization, our city. supervisor peskin, very nice to see you back in that seat. and i couldn't disagree more with the previous speaker, and i couldn't agree more with the one who spoke just before him. san francisco green party last night came to full consensus on supporting carol liu senate bill 876 to decriminalize homelessness. what is happening in san francisco has gotten completely out of whack and is nut ball, and the board of supervisors needs to act immediately to decriminalize homelessness in san francisco. i was going to say absolute outrage, referring to the sweeps that just happened, but i think i have to up it and kick it up a notch. the mayor's office, the executive branch of this city
has gone from being a cynical supporter of luxury housing developments, which has created this problem in the first place, and is now slid into becoming just outright evil. i mean it's outright evil to give people 72-hour notice and less than 24 hours later come in and sweep their encampments and throw their belongings into dump sters and crush them. that is not outrageous; that is evil. this city has become a shadow of the city that i moved into 22 years ago. we need the board of supervisors to step up and put a stop to these sweeps immediately. pass a resolution supporting sb 876 and immediately pass your own resolution that decriminalizes homelessness, so that they are not blocking the sidewalk and that they are healthy and clean. that is what needs to happen.
not sweeping people all over the place the city and making the situation worse. you have got to act now. thanks } thank you, mr. brooks. any other members of the public who would like to testify on this item? if so, please come forward >> hi arlene -- [speaker not understood] today i will be losing my section 8 tomorrow due to fact they cannot find a play that will accept it. regarding the differentation of the 311 beds and ga-assigned beds is a contributor to the empty beds in the evening. in which i have observed both at the sanctuary, and at
providence emergency shelter at golden gate and bayview-hunters point operates. there is a distinction not at providence, but sanctuary between the welfare-administered beds and 311 changes beds. if somebody isn't there by 9 o'clock, they can be assigned, but such as glide memorial, they close at night and those beds i observe maybe 10-15 over 30 days empty. if the engineer who works with this sort of infrastructure, i'm just telling that is what i have observed, the same as the director had stated. i was so happy she had brought that up. i never wanted to say anything, but it seems like a waste of bedding. that is what i wanted to shay with ss kim and if fiona ma.
>> thank you, any other members. public to testify, please come forward. >> i think one of my solutions theoretically is a homeless school. where you can take some of the families and put them in that school and then they could get some of the services there, and get shelter. at night the schools are pretty much empty. but i would like to see a housing manual, where it would show you where to get housing and how to fill out of applications and the different programs and different things like that, and different tricks of the
trade, that the -- that some of the housing specialists have to help people get into housing. i guess i am still stuck on the navigation center being called homophobic and racial slurs and being violently and physically attacked. one of the workers there swinging at me in the middle of the attack and i got kicked out indefinitely, while other people got to stay there for -- they got to stay there. i think the other problem is with these 501(c)(3)s and other systems, the homeless voice is always negated, overrun and not valued. i think somewhere along the line we need to implement the ideas that the homeless have
to make their systems. >> thank you, sir. >> seeing no other members of the public for public testimony on this item, public comment is closed. i want to thank supervisors cohen, kim, breed, and campos for bringing this item. i have a number of comments, and i'm sure my colleagues on this panel do as well. but given some time constraints, if you could indulge us and madam clerk, if you could read items 4-11. >> >> are we going to take action after? >> we'll go back to item no. 1.
>> okay. items 4-11 are ordinances and resolutions authorizing settlements of lawsuits and unlitigated claims with the city and county of san francisco. >> mr. deputy city attorney john givner. >> there are eight settlements before you today and typically the committee goes into closed session to have discussions and ask any questions of my office. we have given each of you confidential written briefings on these matters. if you want a closed session on any of these items, we could -- we'd be happy to have one at a future meeting and you can continue that item. if the committee decides it does not need a closed session on any of these items you could take public comment on the item and pass them on to the full board. >> thank you, counselor givner and i want to let the public know that because vice-mayor norman yee had to
leave, the president appointed jane kim to be a temporary member of this panel. so now that everybody knows that, colleagues are there any items that you would like to hear in closed session? if not, president breed, any questions? are there any members of the public who would like to testify on items 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11? seeing none, public comment is closed. and colleagues, if there are no questions of counsel, can we have a motion to send all of these items to the full board with recommendation. >> i will make a motion and i will say for the record, as i always say, i'm not happy about any of these lawsuits and our departments need to do a lot better. i feel we're throwing money down the drain and it's frustrating every time we have to approve these kinds of lawsuits. so with that, i'm going make a motion to
approve these particular items and send them to the board with positive recommendation and a bad attitude. thank you. >> that will be the order of the committee. now we'll go back to item no. 1. let me in addition to thanking the sponsors of this hearing, and thanking the many members of the public who came to testify, i particularly want to thank city staff who have been wrestling with this since this became not only a san francisco crisis during the days of then mayor former board president dianne feinstein and it's notice not only san francisco's program, but a state program and national program and san francisco has been
particularly exacerbated as the income disparity in the town rivals the poorest nations in the world where a handful people control. walking every street and every street corner in the northeast part of the city district 3, which is the densest part of the city. that has and reflects that income disparity, with some of the richest individuals in this town and some of the poorest individuals of this town. i came to one fundamental realization that this city has systematically turned a blind eye so what is happening on the ground with housing. and it is very easy for us to
have the conversations that a capitalist marketplace wants us to have and it's a conversation that i agree we should have, which is the investment of new housing and the conversation that we're having today at the board of supervisors in negotiations with the development industry and the mayor's office about the percentage of affordability in those new projects. but district 3, which has no new land, no empty land, when i walk down the sutter street corridor, when i walk down the bush street corridor, when i go into 1010 bush street and hear the stories of the people at the bar moral hotel whose entire building is being holowed as the department of building inspection and i mean those women and men no disrespect
and planning department and i mean no disrespect to the men and women, the most affordability housing stock this city has is the housing stock that we have. the story that we heard from ms. herri motto was quite telling in how in a handsful of years did 330 stabilization the rooms become 65? and she was honest about that. she testified honestly about this and ms. crum's testify, very honest, which is that we have failed through our police powers as a government, as a board of supervisors, as a mayor's office, to regulate and enforce whether as we just discussed in the case of the academy of arts, whether its conversion of tourist -- of residential hotels to
tourist hotels? it's happening again and again, and that is how we have helped exacerbate the homeless crisis in this town. the statistic that blows my mind because i have conversations with people who say oh, it's because of san francisco's permissive nature that people keep come and seeking out san francisco? but the statistic that blows my mind is that 71% of our extant homeless population in the town are formerly housed san franciscans. that is the number that should be moving to us. i want to thank supervisors cohen and kim and the other co-sponsors breed and campos for bringing this hearing. i think when one of the functions of the board of supervisors is for everybody, city staff, and for members of the public, those who are rightfully fed up with the situation on division street, and throughout the city, as
this problem has been exacerbated. to come and express themselves for advocates who have taken care and stewarded and helped the homelesses for city employees, who as i think was either ms. crum or mr. rhorer, these are the chambers with what collective frustration is expressed. i'm glad we had that opportunity. finally to the issue, i think for supervisor cohen called this because there is actually an issue and the issue is an attempt from the executive branch to take these various siloed department of public health, human services agency, hot team, city staff, our shadow city staff, that are the legions of non-profit workers, who are doing the
same jobs as city staff at lower rates with lower benefits and we must acknowledge them as well. our mission here is to attempt to combine them into one department and breakthrough the walls of siloization and i salute and commend collaboration. we can take a number of well-meaning, sometimes functional, sometimes dysfunctional different siloized functions, and put them together into one thing that either becomes an uber dysfunctional situation or becomes actually something that works? i agree with ms. crum whoever actually runs that department, who is the face of that department is going to make all the difference in the world. then i have a cautionary
note for these department head because at the end of the day, department heads hang on to turf. i saw is when ms. rhonda simmons atemptinged to get all the workforce development functions in hsa and in various different departments and i have fundamental respect for her and she ultimately left this government in frustration, because all of these department heads fought her and the executive branch did not give her the support that she needed to do that. so let us not make that mistake. if we're going to do one-door, let's do one-door and let's commit to that one-door, and i as one supervisor, am going to hold you all accountable to doing that, doing it in a sensible way and doing it timely. with that, supervisor cohen. >> just want to say thank
you, pastor peskin for that wonderful sermon -- [laughter ]. >> i think that you certainly have preached the message that and connected the dots that i, too, have found to be trouble and quite honestly not just in this particular subject-matter. it also has to do with violence and violence prevention and how the city administers resources and we're talking about millions if not tens of millions of dollars. i want to thank the advocates and everyone who has come out, colleagues thank you very much for hearing this item. i know it was very, very long, but incredibly important. supervisor kim, thank you for stepping in when i had to step out to deal with the rules committee. and i will leave it to supervisor kim to close out. >> supervisor kim. >> thank you, chair peskin. this was a very long hearing and actually about to start our next committee hearing
which i will be chairing which will also be talking about some issues that i think relate to the one at-hand. which is ultimately we're talking about an economic divide here in this country, that is resulting with our neighbors living on our streets. i represent a district that has over 50% of our homeless count here in san francisco. and many of the people that i represent live on our streets, live in their cars, live in tents. and they are our constituents as is everyone else here there the city. what we are seeing in terms of the visibilities of homelessness, i think is unprecedented-levels, at least over the last 15 years. regardless of what our homeless count is saying, and i think we're certainly also seeing that with all of the development and construction of market-rate housing in the city, that we have a lot less places for people to hide here in san francisco. and it is in our doorsteps. this is an incredibly
frustrating issue for all of us here in city government. since the phenomenon of homelessness began 30 years ago, when we started cutting funding for housing which is ultimately led us to the issue that we have today. what we are continuing to see is a shift of this issue not just being an economic and poverty issue, but it's so hard to live on our streets that it's on inevitable people will develop physical ailments and mental health trauma because of these barriers when they were housed. i agree with advocates in the room that housing is the answer and to be investing funds. i have concerns and i'm happy to see that we're
consolidating services in one department and you know we're early in the process, but the one thing to ask the mayor's office and departments that are here that we're absolutely intentional in consolidating our departments. i have seen in the past resistance to this change. it's understandable. there is a way that we have always done thing that people are comfortable with. this is not the only department of services to consolidation and i would love to see inspection services consolidated and that continues to be challenging to do. but as we move forward, i am reminded of the statement that we're either unified by design or divided by default and i'm concerer we're moving down the pathway of default. and the plan that will be in place when we put a department? i don't want to make an announcement of department to