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lacking shelter for family, for single adult. that's where we need to move. the intent here is not clear and i want to challenge the process that the hearing board was not privy of this policy. i want to ask you that you guys start getting more involved with us around policies that should come to a local homeless board. opposing this policy, and i hope you
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hear from the community about the many reasons why. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> hello, i'm deborah. i am the deputy director for hamilton family center. thank you for hearing our comments today. i want to recognize that
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i recommend that we organize a family shelter access work group to look at these policies so we can develop data driven policies that look at the regional system and what's happening in san francisco with family homelessness. thank you. >> thank you very much. next
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speaker please. >> my name is charles. i'm [inaudible]. i'm single, but a lot of people [inaudible] it's hard because i been there myself. /es /p-rblly especially a family -- it's hard. like the man say, it's crazy. [inaudible]. >> thank you. next speaker. >> hello, my name is brian, i'm the executive director of the aids alliance here in san francisco and i'm a member of the emergency services providers association. i like the direction you've taken this
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so that it's more of a collaborative approach because i think a lot of this is about communication around the details and it's estimated over a five year period that 20.4 percent of people with hiv and aids have been displaced from san francisco in a five year period. and i've long been a supporter of -- i think that stopping displacement is triage. i want to support those values based approaches that if we have people here and hair emotional connections are
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to this city and if they are temporarily somewhere else, then i think we wan to make sure [inaudible] thank you all for your leadership on this and i really appreciate all the work that my sisters and brothers do at the family services agencies. >> nec speaker please. >> good morning, i'm vera hail and i wanted to call your attention to some issues related to the supreme your [inaudible] residency requirement for programs like this. the durational residency requirement was ended by supreme court in 1968 and part of the rational was that if people meet the other eligibility requirements, you
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can't deny them aid based on the fact that they tone have residency. that would be a violation of due process so that fast that was part of the reason why they said you condition do it anymore. and the next year the secretary of health education and welfare told all counties they could not do it in any programs with federal funds and that was interesting too because i worked with the department of social /s*flss in those years and i remember that part of my job was to go down, make sure that general assistance applicants got the money they needed the day they applied. now i notice that they have a 15 day residency requirement in ga and they have a 30 day
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residence requirement in three of their other programs per local ordinance. i wish the board of supervisors would not approve such local ordinances that bring back durational residency requirements. i'm trying to get shelters for seniors, and they don't exist yet either, but i wanted to bring your attention to the residency requirement. >> thank you. jennifer [inaudible] kenya. next speaker please. >> [inaudible] i'm in a shelter
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with my daughter because she has to be with me 24/7. i wanna be brave and talk about [inaudible]. i'm really mad because [inaudible] really bad. they throw all my medical supplies in the garbage. [inaudible] they don't care about homeless, they don't care about families. [inaudible].
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it's a life. a lot of things i sew, they don't care. [inaudible]. nothing. [inaudible]. very abusive, sometimes [inaudible] and they don't care. [inaudible] because my neck and they don't care. they don't care about families, they don't care about anything, you know. i see many, many things and it's very [inaudible].
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>> thank you very much, ma'am. next speaker please. >> my name is [inaudible]. i'm with the homeless co/hreubgs and i'm also a resident at hamilton transitional. don't mess with something that's already fixed. i've been at hamilton transitional a year and if it wasn't for the stability i had there -- it can affect the child. i was overhearing when the guy was saying some people come from different counties and stuff, but the bottom-line is -- we get these lists and most of them are for alameda county. it's not us wanting to stay here, you get the applications for housing, there's no place
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to go. now they want to put an allotment on 30 percent for shelter. there's families that need housing too.
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>> some of us are formerly homeless and currently homeless on the committee. one thing we believe is that this will affect people to get emergency beds because you have to apply on the connecting point wait list. so we are offering a letter of opposition an i am opposed to these changes. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi, i'm /tapl tammy. first
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of all, it's a safety issue. everybody has the right to be in a safe environment and when it comes to getting documentation, i've tried to get my own birth certificate and i think it'd be easier to get his than my own. having a roof over your head, it's the most common, unimaginable thing. excuse me. my tongue and my brain can't get together
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right now. i take it you know what i'm trying to say. >> thank you very much. i have a couple more cards -- denny collins, lisa marie, daniel pena. come forward please. thank you. >> i'm a case manager at compass. i want to thank you for having this hearing to bring the community together to talk about this issue. i wanted to speak about the families that we surveyed. i know for myself on my case load out of all the families i have on my case load i only have one family that wasn't currently residing in san francisco and that was a family fleeing from dv and that's a group of families i'm concerned about is families who do flee san
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francisco because of dv and go to other counties and establish there for a little while for their safety. a lot of times domestic violence shelters are full here and they have to access other shelters in other counties so it's important they have access to san francisco shelters. other families i'm concerned about are those with severe medical conditions, who are staying with families and may have children under 5 years of age. those families can't access emergency center because they can't carry their things or leave the shelter everyday and if they're not eligible to have a child in school it'll be
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hard for them to establish residency. >> my name is ivory thompson and i'm a case manager at compass, also a former client about 18, 19 years ago. i've been working for compass almost 18 years in september and when i first started there it took about a week to move into shelter, now it's up to eight months. i have a case load of 31 right now and i'm really nervous. sorry. >> you're doing great. >> my concern is, i just came from working at a shelter about nine months ago. a lot of those families that we served that were undocumented would not apply for cal works because they were afraid their status would be compromised when they are trying to apply for citizenship. so that's one of
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my biggest concerns with that being in place that we will have peep that are going to be outside and not get the services they need meaning families and children as well. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi. my name is [inaudible] and i represent the coalition on homelessness. we at the coalition don't look at this as a simple policy change. we look at this as an attack. an attack on poor families, undocumented families and all low income families that have to go in and out of shelters to survive on the streets of san francisco. when i was out organizing on this issue, as soon as i approaching folks that is living in shelters and are homeless. as soon as i uttered the word shelter and
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that i had say i don't wanna hear this. i wanted them to come speak out about the proposed laws that are soon to come. they're like, no, we're already going through enough. folks are turned away. folks don't wanna be in the situation they're in so i guess the key is address. we came to /aeu address you guys by my ironny of address is mail in a box, a mailing address, to get cal works you need an address. to get shelter they want an address or a homeless letter. so get your kid through school
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you need an address. so what we're proposing is you guys do not stand with this, stand against it. you know, if they want to have more ideas in terms of limited resource they should increase it and put families to work and build more shelters. thank you. >> thank you. couple more cards -- [inaudible]. >> jennifer, director of the coalition on homelessness. i think it's important to take some steps back and figure out what our vision is for our emergency family system. the vision for our emergency system is one that very swiftly engages family, that gets them into shelter as quickly as
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possible, gets 'em safe, stable and tries to match them with as many services as possible to get them out of that shelter and into permanent housing and out of poverty all together. when we're analyzing this proposal we're seeing it's not going in the direction of our vision and actually in the opposite direction. we have a policy that is developed under a pretense that families are coming here from elsewhere. that is not the case. we're talking about a handful of families. we're creating more barriers for san francisco families. all the families are
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already in the services. from our perspective this would do the opposite of prioritizing families most in need. this would deprioritize families in need -- the families with the most difficult time navigating our systems. i think we need to go farther and rethink this entire thing. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon. [inaudible]
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>> she's from the coalition of homelessness and she's opposed to these changes because it would be basically impossible for anyone to show proof that their children are in school when they're ages zero to 5, then being undocumented and applying for cal works. this is not a solution to lowering the wait list or a solution at all, it's more of a cover up of what the real issues are and just covering the problem, not looking at the problem or solving an issue. so instead
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of covering the problem there's more of an issue of solving it and one way to resolve it is providing more housing, coming up with different ideas, making sure the families can gain access to all the resources and especially giving 'em a chance to be on a wait list for shelter. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker.
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>> she says that my name is kenya and i'm here because this is really concerning to me that they're wanting people to apply for cal works. many of these families with little children will be worried more about deportation and the negative impacts on whether or not they'd ever be able to apply to be citizens. she also says she feels that this is against the sanctuary here in san francisco in those policies.
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she says how is this possible that an agency -- how can i possibly confide in an agency that's going to be using my information to give to the housing authority or use it for other things that i haven't given permission for? i'm a volunteer at the coalition on homelessness and i know a lot of families and sing people living in hotels right now and they're all on the list waiting for shelter and this new proposal will leave everyone basically blocked or outside.
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she said i have a child with disabilities and because we were undocumented we couldn't receive those services. now that i am documented i can receive those services. thank you. >> my name was called and i'm representing [inaudible] families. a lot of us are from families how can they get into an sro because they see that as another affordable way of living. although i don't think
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a lot of parents want to put their children in a position to that affects their children's health because a lot of sro's that are available and affordable, that's what it does. it effects their health. there's a lot of issues so these are last options, shelter or hotel. i think it is important unlike what was mentioned earlier is san francisco does provide a safety net from homeless families. i don't think we should exclude anybody. i don't believe that people are deliberately taking advantage of the system. i think it's that there's pieces over this that are broken that we need to look at instead of making it more difficult and putting barriers in front of families. thank you.
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>> thank you. next speaker please. >> [inaudible]. >> if you can speak into the mic please. >> i'm representing the coalition of homelessness [inaudible] classes on computer science. one of the disagreements [inaudible] one of the problem [inaudible] specifically was [inaudible] paper 'cause i was careless in keeping [inaudible] including where my daughter was born and we was never provided with the
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birth certificate. we was on the waiting list. i been in san francisco all my life. this year we have to provide a proof of document /taugs if i have to [inaudible] couldn't provide it. i have to run between the [inaudible] go back to the city haul in oakland, berkley. i wasn't able not to provide those documents. i have to go back again to [inaudible] proposed changes in the [inaudible] will create hardship for the family because those proposed changes is not just simple and easy to obtain for the family to get on the waiting /h*eus. i have a lot of friends who are on [inaudible] and willing to come forward and to speak up about applying for [inaudible] immigration status