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a violent crime. what we do in that process, is make referrals to other agencies that may offer them subsidized or deferred payment for mental health treatment or crisis counseling. most victims come to us in the worse moments of their lives. what we would like to have is a social worker in our victim services office, to offer to people 10 sessions. what we have learned that most don't take us on that. it becomes too difficult to meet an advocate and share your story, and we'll send you out, here's a list of people that can help you. it feels abrupt and most people don't appreciate the brush-off in that process. what we seek to is just have
one, we don't feel that it cover the entire case load but will improve the services the victims get. and the second request is a housing specialist. the other thing that we see is real challenges around housing for most victims. most victims are low income and struggle and they for exasperated after a victim of a crime. and we can provide temporary relocation. and we make referral in -- referrals in that process and you can imagine that people that just had their entire family and life thrown into chaos as a result of a crime and additional burden to figure out housing. in what we know is an
exceptionally challenging house other market. those are two our requests that dovetail in what adp is doing. we think it's challenging to take on this work and look forward to increased restitution to be collected on their behalf. >> do you have an estimate of how much restitution is not collected because of lack of resources? >> i think that the chief's numbers are accurate. on our part we provide that restitution be paid to the victim. what will make that more effective, is restitution of $400 to replace the window, and etc., and we don't have that and as we pass from adp they don't have the time to put in a specific order for the court to
review and make a specific order. and the numbers that you received i have no reason to believe they are less than accurate. >> thank you very much, from the final presentation from the department of women. >> good morning, committee chair, president chiu, and supervisor tang. i am the director of the department of status of women. i am here to express our services, we oversee the city's investment of $4 million of services of women survivors of violence. and also part of the violence reform, we have focused on long-term solutions to evaluate violence against women. in strong partnership with city agencies and specifically jail probation departments and city
providers. we have greatly improved the response to violence. and the proposal prohibesented probation is a further step to strengthen san francisco's response to violence against women. the program is provided to be comprehensive. and to broaden the path of healing to victims. and the proposed plan for probationers is to provide against recidivism. and of all the departments we have worked with on the justice encouragement department, probation department is one of the leading to adjust challenges and better san francisco. >> thank you, i want to thank all various representatives from your departments, i know this is
an ongoing part of the budget process, i for one want to work with you and move that forward and hope our colleagues as well. i want to go to public comment, first we have mrs. upton and cathy black. if other members that want to speak, step up. >> hi, i am cathy black, thank you for having this meeting today. i am the executive director from la casa villa, and i have been there for 17 years. and a panel member for the justice panel and i co-chair the audit information committee. which took the audit findings and then developed system changes. and so i also want to recognize adult probation for coming up with an innovative solution. and say that it's probably no
secret that i am very pro-offender accountability. and would really support building a stronger infrastructure that will ensure that victims and survivors are made whole to the extent possible. and i would say that if you were to survey, la casa serves 19,000 victims and survivors per year. from a hot line call to shelter. >> could you repeat that number again? >> 19,000. and i think if you were to survey them, you would find that the number who maybe receiving any kind of -- any kind of restitution is probably next to none. pretty much none, but thank you
very much, and i support this program. >> thank you, very much, one comment i want to make. i know that each departments in the community, we believe that there are thousands of victims that do not receive restitution and other support. and it would be go do try to estimate that as a ballpark to figure out budgetary decisions around that. that number is not unreasonable and pretty staggering. >> i just heard about this hearing, i wish i had known in advance. we could have taken a couple week sampling, which i am happy to do. i would like to provide more information if possible. i think that we could inform much the decision by just showing that a lot of victims who are definitely involved in the criminal justice process. but are not getting that next step of assistance.
thank you. >> next speaker, please. and i know ace washington has submitted a card as well. if you want to go after -- >> i am appearing here anonymously to answer possible questions and also my own statements may support retaliation. and i would like not to have that occur. i think you have heard a lot about people not getting the restitution and the fairness and treatment and prevention. people that you know the amenities of. but who are the women and possibly men too who have been victims of the crime which are not reported. that the police have responded
dismissively when there is an attempt to have police intervention and report. many of these people, they would like to state that there are routinely from four or five events that i am personally informed on. that the police have responded dismissively when there is an effort to report crimes of magnitude. one of them was the effort to report an attempted murder, hands on attempted murder in a shelter. the response of the police department when the person went to the nearest police station to try to report it, was a stand up in the lobby of the police station by the policeman.
and told and dismissively approaching the person once found they were a shelter reside resident. saying that an attempted murder was not a crime. and an effort at the police station to have another kind of report or something correction of that. led to a false report of the facts to lead to dismissal. now i can tell you about five other things but my time is up, if you want to hear more about this, maybe you would like to schedule (inaudible) to residents in shelters that is not processed (inaudible) by the police department. >> thank you very much. mr. washington. final speaker then. >> thank you, supervisors, good
afternoon, san francisco domestic violence consortium. i first want to say it's been an honor to work with adult probation, chief steele and their team. this is a huge opportunity for the city to take a huge step forward and fill a gap. i would like to tell a quick story, because i have one case that i think illustrates several opportunities for us to be way more accountable as a city and help victims and their families. so i received contact with a victim of domestic violence through a supervisor's office last summer. i sat through the trial with this survivor, and she was quite assertive. she knew her lost wages and costs were. when we talk about housing, the screen door was torn off. and the windows broken.
and she had to of course, as you imagine in this housing market, she had to repair her housing right away. that's all out of pocket. she was in some ways a model case to move forward towards restitution. i think everybody along the way did everything they could to help. her supervisor tried to help. the d.a. handled the case well, and restitution was set, which we have heard was not in a lot of cases. but the offenders assets were not investigate and put on a low payment plan. and this new program could look into hidden assets of offenders. not everyone has them but some do. and make the victims whole of those assets. you can imagine if you were granted say $2500 of restitution
that you paid out of pocket and to receive 50 to $100 a month, and you can imagine how long that takes. i am out of time and thank you, we are supportive in the department. any questions? >> i want to thank you and your colleagues to work with the city departments. i think we have a lot of work to do to build a case for this, but thank you for your representation. >> thank you, i think it's meaningful. >> final speaker. >> hello, my name is larry, i am giving you a copy of an agenda. it shows where (inaudible) acquitted and restraining order violation. i am the face of a victim, i am a black, gay man. and here tndc where i stay at.
there is a lot of offenders coming out and speculators and adult probation, they let these people beat on us and not only me. but several people are going through abuse and move people out. and i have been there and we are victims. since obama has been president i have faced more racism and bulyism in san francisco than ever. i think it's time to bring the matthew shepard money to san francisco, we are not getting the justice that i believe that while and yellow people are getting in this city. just to show you (inaudible) this is a letter that you get a copy. and the experience of working with you, and they confirm that you are not a tenant that causes
a lot of problems. and that there is a history of people bullying you. and i appreciate your honest and integrity and the truth about this. i didn't want to tell you that i received another incident report of blocking the hallway. i am telling you that victims in the city for the housing market, it's related and criminals inside of the building. in 2010 i was never in jail until 2012 and i had a restraining order. and i went to a lady that killed herself on easter sunday (inaudible) face of victim and it's time that this city (inaudible). >> thank you very much. >> (inaudible).
>> thank you very much. >> (inaudible). >> did i give you that copy ma'am? we should get three minutes like everyone in the department. >> thank you. supervisor chiu. >> any other members of the public that wish to speak on this item? madam chair, public comment is closed. and i want to thank all the members of the public as well as our advocates and the city department heads, who are thinking but how san francisco can be smart on crime. it's been a number of years since i held a hearing on victims of crime. we obviously have a long way to go to be compliant with state law. it's important to work with adp and the d.a. office and the sheriff's department to get us there. i hope in this budget process we
can have a smart conversation around this and colleagues hopefully will have a conversation with the budget committee. what we need to do to make sure that hundreds of thousands of dollars that are due to the crime victims are going. and create a safety net around our victims, and around that if we keep this item. don't need keep at the call of the chair, just table at this point. >> thank you, president chiu,i want to thank you for your leadership on this issue. i find the comments invitef -- insightful on the information and the district attorney's office working with families. we should make sure there is a comprehensive approach that the victims are not further victimized through the process.
in many cases these are women with children, we need to bring the services to the location where they are needed the most. and that's something that we ought to be looking at as a city. i appreciate the feedback and understanding of what is happening and with this discussion moving forward. this item has been continued to the call of the chair -- tabled, okay. any objection to that? no objection, okay, thank you. thank you supervisor avalos for joining us for the next item. >> hearings directed to the housing authority and mayor's office of housing in san francisco.
>> president chiu has to leave. >> i want to make a quick comment that i have assigned supervisor avalos to this item, and this is an important topic around questions of how to take care of our residents. i want to thank supervisor avalos and others on this item, and look forward to reviewing the tape on this as it proceeds, thank you very much. >> okay, thank you, president chiu. i called for this hearing with the mayor's office of housing for the recent approval of the rad program, republican housing sites in san francisco. i want to thank supervisor avalos for being here and co-sponsoring the hearing.
mayor lee announced that the rad program with the san francisco housing authority will enter into a public/private partnership and leverage of $180 million for housing units. rehabilitation work will improve the housing urnits, and the rad program will provide in a land use structure. with the employment opportunities for public housing rez de rez -- residents. i must say that the plan sounds positive as a supervisor this is important to me. and to be sure that this program delivers on the promise it puts out there. i want to thank mayor lee for
working on the priority of housing in san francisco. last week we announced $5.4 million needed for elevate repairs in nine units. and i am working with the mayor's office to leverage $2.3 million on housing units and make that available for homeless families. i am excited with this rad program and that we understand what the program entails and the challenges in place. and more importantly, i want to be sure that we have a clear plan and opportunities to the residents of public housing. i want to know in detail how rad will impact the 4,000 housing
units involved, many of which are in district 5. and i hope that the mayor's office of housing can explain a few things. tenant rights and how they are protected. any fair housing implications, specifically should the nonprofit providers be required to report race, family size, etc. the demographics who is admitted. and how we can increase options for housing ladder as residents move up in income status. who from the city will be the person responsible to ensure that housing providers comply with the rights and maintenance needs and all other things that we continue to have challenges with. and how will that compliance process work. how rad will improve the quality of life for job opportunities in
san francisco public housing residents is of the most concern to me. as i said my primary objective today and going forward is to develop a clear, comprehensive plan for these questions, and other questions that many here may have. rad is a complex and potentially intimidating process. and we need a solid communication and outreach plan. there are multiple divisions involved with public housing, and we need a cross departmental collaboration, and we need to bring the answers to the residents. so they don't have to come to city hall to find out what is happening with their homes. thank you for being here today. i know we have a few folks to present. before i open the floor to the departments, i want to provide
supervisor avalos an opportunity to make comments. >> thank you, chair breed, and i will be very, very brief. i want to echo your comments you made in the introductory remarks for this hearing. public housing is an important resource in san francisco. looking at the numbers, who lives there, 22% of african-americans in the city is in public housing. and we haven't done enough to be sure that we stem the tide of african-americans. and our latino community, into better housing situations and better jobs. that's always a challenge. but it's a main effort that our city is to be involved in to make san francisco a sustainable city for everyone. and housing is a big part of it. the rad program is one that creates a great deal of
uncertainty about how we manage our property moving forward. key questions that come up for me are, how are we going to ensure that there is strong tenant protections that. we ensure that we have one-to-one replacement truly. when we talk about one-to-one replacement and with units, and do we replace housing units. and how to have the highest standards for workers. now we have workers with standards for prevailing wage and living wage jobs and benefits. but if we go to a model that contracts out that work, are we losing those benefits and standards? i used to be an orgize -- organizer with local 577, and a
lot of people did the maintenance work in public housing. and they spoke of enduring troubling work conditions, where they were faced with many, many units to work on and not enough resources to do that. i realize that they need to have the highest standards possible. if we are looking at there being fewer resources under the rad program. then we will be seeing a diminishment of people able to do the work under the code as supervisor breed is talking about. i am open to hearing how that is addressed by our housing authority. there are many, many key issues to address. and i am very interested in seeing how a strong partnership can be made to oversee this public/private partnership, one that keeps the public's standards as high as they can.
>> thank you, supervisor avalos, we will have presentations from the housing authority and from mr. torres, the president of the commission of the housing authority. and the director's mayor of houseing on. and we will have regina vascal from hud. we will start with you mrs. smith, if you can give us a presentation and go from there. and after we aare done with tha, we will open up to public comment. >> supervisors, good afternoon, this is a great pleasure to come to you and talk about this collaboration that we have with other city agencies, workers and most importantly residents of public housing. i will give you a little background. and then we have our regional
administrator here to talk about the rad program. and ultimately will be talking about the reenvisioning and rad for preservation of public housing in san francisco. and then we are going to talk about tenant protections and tenant engagement, which we feel is very important in this process. and also our labor communications and work with our employees and bargaining units. >> mrs. smith, before you go on, is the slide set up to show the public? >> sfg-tv, we have a powerpoint. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i am new at this -- i wonder if this works. it doesn't. so the san francisco housing authority was established in
1938, under california state government code. it's separate from the city departments. and it provides housing subsidies for over 27,000 households. that's both with the housing choice voucher program and public housing. we currently have 5,372 public housing units that we are managing. that serve close to 10,000 public housing residents. the average household income is just $14,639. and the average rent that our residents are able to pay at 30% of their income is $312, which in san francisco, where the market rents are over $3,000 a month now, this is a very important resource for the city for low-income households. they could not compete in the market in san francisco.
we also have 7,637 applicants on our public housing waiting list. and over 2,000 of those households are single. about 5,500 are two plus persons households. this is after we have done a clean-up of our wait list. these are people that are actively seeking public housing at this time. and the applicants were asked to self-certify their preferences. over half of the applicants did self-certify their preferences. we take applicants in based on their preferences. and over 1500 of those applicants are actually homeless, single individuals, elderly and families. very high