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affordable housing projects in neighborhoods that have been under served, for example, in district four? >> i don't have the answer to that question. i am sure i can find out where things are going with the bond. i know that every dollar that we get goes towards serving as many people as we can. i wil will will take that back e information. >> since we are really starting to focus on small sites, buying buildings with small sites, and i am not sure how the money in the mayor's office of housing and community development is going to be districted, but there is a lot of buildings that we can buy on the west side, and we have pushed some of the money
to do that, $40 million, but i am also looking at because when you are -- a lot of the buildings you buy, there are a fuelty units in them by -- a fuelty units in them. we want to know that the buildings are going to be up in the neighborhood. that is something we should focus on, too. the small site program and letting the neighborhood know that they can use the neighborhood preference for the small sites and even with the buying the buildings, the unit cost at the higher levels are so much cheaper than building brand-new buildings. i am hoping that mocd is looking at how to fund the small site program even more because i think that is going to impact the west side of the district to have that equal number of units
people can actually keep in their neighborhood. thank you. >> sang you supervisor -- thank you supervisor brown. public comment. any members of th the public to comment on this item? you have two minutes. >> good evening. five earrings today. you all new to city hall. supervisor brown, she has been around a long time. she is new to politics like you
all. she hasn't been elected yet but she is selected and appointed. she is talking about district five where i was born and raised. many are black and have suffered housing. right now redevelopment ocii have obligations they haven't fulfilled yet. we have politicians talking. we can't get the building in your district on fillmore street. you talk about this outreach stuff. i am the master at it. nobody came to me to talk about nothing. let me stop right here before i get too excited, supervisors. i am talking to you and somebody knows who else i am talking to. if you all think you are going to come into my community and do what you want to do with housing, jobs without the community no input, you are doing something illegal in my opinion. all of this posturing, these
hearing here. i can't get a town hall meeting in my district. my supervisor says i am handling too many things. i am here to ask for a public hearing on the addition. the fillmore heritage center. there is no due process. everything is under control in district five. no public comment on what is happening. that has to top is. any other process i want a federal investigation because i am tired of the city politics playing tricks to make me turn to a lunatic. this is my venue to let district five know town hall meeting and you all i want a public meeting what is happening in the western addition. >> thank you. any other members of the public that would like to speak on this item? public comment is closed.
colleagues. i would like to make an amendment to make a tilings to better reflect the substance of the item. can we recommend this as amended to the full board? >> thank you. we can finish up the final item quickly. it is going to be continued. >> miss clerk please call item two. hearing on the process taken by the city lobbyists on behalf of the city and the city's position to external bodies and agencies. >> considering that the upon upn sponsor is unable to attend today.
we will continue. we will take public comment because it was on the agenda. do you have any comments or questions. any members of the public to testify? seeing none, public testimony is now closed. can we continue this one week to march 14th? thank you. is there any other business? seeing none, this meeting is now closed.
>> the teams really, really went above and beyond and is continuing to do that today. this past year, the san francisco public utilities commission water quality division started receiving many more requests to test for lead in the public school system here in san francisco as a result of legislation that had passed from the state requiring all of the public schools to do lead testing. and so as a result, the public utilities commission and the water quality team in particular was asked to meet with the san francisco unified school district to begin to prioritize which schools to test to meet that state mandate. >> the team that tests, we're a full service environmental laboratory, and we take care of both the needs of the water quality division and the waste water enter price. and on the water quality
enterprise, we have to also have drinking water that meets all federal and state quality regulations. and lead in schools, we're playing a problem in remediating this problem of lead in schools. >> our role here in communications is being able to take the data that we have that we know is protective of public health and safety and transmit it, give it to the public in a way they understand we are really doing our jobs well and making sure that they are safe always. >> the public learned very quickly all the accurate facts and all the critical information that they needed to know, and it's up to these individuals and their agencies and their commitment to the city. >> i enjoy the work because i can help people, and i can help the utilities to provide a better water quality, make sure that people feel that drinking hetch hetchy water is actually
a pride. >> hats off to the water quality team because between them working on late nights, working on the weekends when the schools are closed, and working as a partner in the school district for the times they found a higher lead sample, they worked through to address that, so the team went above and beyond and is continuing to do that today.
>> the meeting will come to order. welcome to the march 7th, 2019 special meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee, i'm chair of the committee, vice-chair stefani is sitting in on the bay conservation and unable to be here. replacing her is supervisor matt haney. supervisor walton is not yet here but will be joining us later.
the clerk is john carole. i want to thank jim smith and lawrence bryant at sfgov tv. mr. clerk, do you have any announcements? >> clerk: yes, silence your cellphones and other electronic devices and your completed speaker cards and copies of documents should be submitted to the clerk. items acted upon will appear on the 2019 board of supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> there. please call the first item. >> agenda 1 is a hearing to consider the type 42 on sale beer and wine public liquor license doing business as decan't s f-1 168folsom. >> and i believe we have joel samuelsson. >> good afternoon. san francisco police alcohol
liaison unit. you have before you a report for llc and we have applied for a type 42 and this would allow them to sell beer and wine. there are no letters of protest or letters of support and ter in a high-crime area. they are in tract 178.02 which is considered a high saturation area. southern police station has no opposition. a.l.u. recommends approval with following conditions. number one, sales service and con so manyion of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. midnight daily. number two, petitions shall actively monitor the area under their control in an effort to prevent the loitering of persons on any property adjacent to the licensed premises as depicted on
the most recently certified 253. no noise shall be audible at any nearby residents and on februare applicant agreed. >> supervisor mandelman: great. thank you. is there a representative of the applicant here? >> come on up. >> hello. good afternoon. thank you for being here. i'm a co-founder and alongside me is my fellow co-founder. i would like to thank the committee for your time. to hear our petition of approval of a type 42abc license. this location was formally home to the beloved city beer store which operated under the same 42 license for 10 years and has moved on to a larger location on
miss street. we came to be a holistic wine experience for anyone that enjoys wine and works in wine and wants to be introduced to wine in an unpretentious and affordable way. we plan to do this by intertwining a casual wine bar atmosphere with retail priceing and a heavy emphasis on wine and beverage education. we will hold weekly wine classes open to the public and tastings that exposed our guests from compelling producers from around the globe. we hope that with a type 42 license, that preserves the privilege of on and off premises sales, our guests will be able to purchase the things they love from our store and take them home to share what they've learned with friends. by creating a beautiful wine shop and bar, we hope to be a destination for anyone living in and visiting san francisco. we understand in terms of neighborhood safety, this part of soma has its challenges. when it comes to neighborhood wellness and security we'll be part of the solution to making
the area safer and cleaner. we've remodeled this location to make it brighter on the idea and more appealing to the eye on the outside. we are replacing the old light fixtures outside of our storefront to keep the sidewalk iliminated. our hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekend hours not going past 10:00 p.m. we will also work to prevent underage consumption of alcohol prohibiting the enterrens of anyone 41 and carding those looking under 40. store by plants by thetiful sf planning department to help preserve the natural beau tee gathering area to local community organizations. we have reached out to a handful of organizations to introduce ourselves and hopes of working with them in the neighborhood. we are already planning ways in which we can contribute to
fundraisers for soma and sf eagle plaza who we're very excited with partnering with a local perch ants. we want to use the space to bring the wine community together and contributing to the bettering of the wider soma west district as it goes through its car and growth period. we began work together on this concept in early 2015. at the time, we didn't realize how long it would take us to get to this point. we're so happy, relieved and excited to be herement a fully privileged type 42 license is integral to building the concept we've envisioned and work so hard for in these past five years. we hope you will help us to achieve our modest dream in this big city. thank you for listening and we're happy to address any concerns you have. >> great. thank you. any questions, comments or concerns? >> very quick, nice to see you
all. i want to express my support for this. i'm excited in particular about your commitment to the community and i know that you have started to think about how you offer non profits and be a broader, positive partner for everyone who is in the area and congratulations. it has taken a long time to get to this point but as your future supervisor, i just want to express my strong support for this. >> thank you, very much. i appreciate that. >> are there any members of the public that would like to speak on this item? if there are, please come forward. i'll tell you a little bit public comment. speakers have two minutes. state your first and last name and speak into the motorcycle m.
if you have prepared written statements, leave a copy with the committee clerk for in conclusion in the official file. no applause or booing is permitted ex the interest of time, speakers are encouraged to avoid representation of previous statements. >> thank you for having me. my name is karen. i'm called san francisco home since 1989. i'm a homeowner. i'm looking forward to spending a lot of time down there i've had the privilege to work with them for several years and they are two outstanding talents in the field and this is exactly the kind of business i think we should be working as a city to promote more women-owned business, businesses with not just a wine focus but the community-building and education factors. thank you for your support and i can't wait to see what they do with this.
>> next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is lauren kemp. i'm with the management group owners of spruce in san francisco and several other restaurants around the bay area. i'm here in support of decant ff receiving of this alcohol license it is also a unique endeavor by two young female entrepreneurs, something rarely seen in the food and beverage industry. in addition to being a wine bar and retail shop, decan't sf will be where people feel comfortable to ask questions and invited to participate in frequent educational experiences. one of the primary goals of decant sf is to put money in the local economy by sourcing products from local producers,
not only in california but in san francisco specifically. soma is a diverse neighborhood and decant sf will strive to give back to its community. thank you for your time. >> great. thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item before i close public comment? come on up. if there are other members of the public who want to speak on this lineup on the right side of the room as you face up. >> my name is jane kim. born in san francisco, homeowners in san francisco. here to share my support for decant sf. i'm proud to be a roommate and friend and investors. i think it's important that we support small businesses owned and run by women. i've seen firsthand their level of commitment. all the work it took to get here as well as their passion that they have for their mission and their business. and they're also have a lot of experience of a service industry
so it's important, especially in fine dining they know how to create a great experience and i'm confident they will do that. they're experts in passion about the field but i love they want to share this passion and educate the public and bring the community together. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. seeing no further members of the public interested in commenting on this item, i will close public comment. supervisor haney, if we like what we're hearing, we believe that it will be served by the granting of the license. we ask our clerk to prepare that resolution. if you want to make a motion to forward that resolution to the full board with positive recommendation. >> yes, i'd like to make a motion to forward that resolution to the full board with a positive recommendation. >> supervisor mandelman: fantas.
we'll take that without objection. great. mr. clerk, please call the next item. >> clerk: number 2 is a hearing on the city and county of san francisco's response to homelessness during extreme weather. including focusing on supportive housing current cold and white weather policy and procedure for unsheltered persons experiences homelessness and encampment resolutions. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, mr. clerk. supervisor haney would you like to say a few words? >> yes, first of all, thank you chair mandelman for hosting this conversation in your committee. i know that there was another long hearing that we had last week and so this is a follow-up to that on a specific issue which i'm going to provide open comments around. today's hearing is about our city's response to homelessness during extreme weather. the goal of the hearing is to seek clarity, consistency and change.
after are the first major storm of the year, i, like many other residents throughout san francisco, were shocked to learn that our city did not have a more robust plan to ensure shelter and services for the thousands of people on the streets. since the first storm, it's rained, what feels like everyday. in february, san francisco saw eight inches of rain with rain on 17 of the 28 days as compared to last february when there was less than an inch. i hope there's broad agreement in these conditions we should do everything that we can to get people indoors and leaving people out on the street, some of whom may be sick, elderly or differently able is inhumane and should not be tolerate. with that, we learned the department of homelessness in support of housing has a cold and wet weather policy for unsheltered persons experiencing homeless that outlines how they will respond to extreme weather.
other departments, sfpd, department of emergency management, they have their own protocol as well. the current department of homelessness policy outlines what levels of rain, temperatures, and wind trigger the pro fission of additional services. yet shockingly, as far as i understand, none of the recent storms that came with flash flood warnings, cold fronts and high wind warnings were enough to officially trigger the policy and provision of shelter. today, i hope that we can hear how we change these threshholds to be more reasonable and predictable. many other cities like santa barbara and san diego brace their pro cols on forecast of rain probability not inches of rain like we do in our policy. the department setting up shelters and people on the streets can plan ahead and know there's a policy in place and a place for them to go with certainty. it is promising and i want to appreciate that the department of homelessness in many cases, over the last month, enacted
their protocols regardless whether we met that standard and indicate a willingness to make changes to their protocol in light of the recent storms. yet, even when those threshholds are met, protocol dictates the department of homelessness will work to activate adult emergency shelter systems with only 25 to 75 additional mats for the duration of the forecast period. 25 mats with over 4,000 people currently experiencing homelessness, and a shelter wait list of over a thousand people long, the addition of 25 to 75 mats is inadequate. today, we hope to hear how we can expand in a more robust way to meet the needs during the storms. the policy has no mention of encampment resolutions or tent enforcement, which we hope will be incorporated into the policy as we have come to understand from hsoc the intent is not to confiscate gear during extreme weather but to distribute gear
in these conditions. we should not be engaging in any form of sweeps when we do not have a place for people to go. this legal and moral mandate affirmed by the ninth circuit is only heightened in the colder, wet weather or when air quality is unsafe. we have heard that this is generally the practice but we have had some trouble locating this policy across the departments and today we're seeking clarity and consistency. how we respond to crisis on the street impacts all of us. our neighborhoods, our business, people who are houses and people experiencing homelessness. leaving people out on the street or taking their tents and personal items and moving them along, is not a solution for anyone, especially in the middle of the storm. we have to get people inside and connected to shelter. it's urgent everyday and during extreme weather. here are the questions that we hope to hear answered today with a goal of improving things moving forward. first, how can we better get
people on the streets during a storm into shelter to make sure they're healthy and safe and address our approaches to enforcement or non enforcement of citations or confiscation of property during extreme weather. second, how do we improve our outreach and communication strategies to get more people inside or otherwise protected during a storm? we hear that in some cases the 25 beds were not filled up which suggest we may be falling short on outreach. third, where else can we expand emergency shelters in extreme weather, what properties are owned by the city that we can explore and what data do we need to collect. of course all of these questions have implication force our response to homelessness, there's a broad consensus we need more shelters, hours, year around and in more parts of the city that we can collect more data and expand outreach. these storm conditions should not network to address the homelessness crisis but
accelerated with much greater determination and urgency. i suspect that there will be a lot we can learn today about we have a six hour hearing that address some of those broaders issues that i'm sure could have gone on to 20. we are going to focus specifically on our response during extreme weather and during storms and how we can do better and have greater clarity and consistency apart across departments all with the goal of ensuring the human rights of our residents and there health and safety and more effective response for our entire city. i want to thank them and we're going to hear presentations from the department of homelessness and the department of emergency management and the coalition on homelessness and then also have questions that can be asked of
vpw and sfpd. the way we're going to do it is, i'm going to call up each person who is going to give a presentation. we'll hold the broader conversation but if we have clarifying questions, we can ask those and then at the end, we'll have a conversation and further questions. so the first person i want to call up is scott walton from the department of homelessness who is going to breakdown the current protocol and how it works during the recent extreme weather incident. >> if it pleases the committee, would you mind letting emergency management go first. we'd like to actually use a case study to set stage for what homelessness and supportive housing put in place. is that all right if we begin? >> i'm the acting deputy director for emergency services
in san francisco's department of emergency management. ace mentioned, what i want to do is start with a case study. a conversation. and supervisor haney, you mentioned we've had a lot of rain in the last several weeks. you are right, we have. and we actually want to pull out one of those events that took place just last week and wore going to use that to talk through what happens in the city and the department of emergency and how the agencies work together.
>> that's the responsibility of the department of emergency management. making sure our different city agencies have the right information they need to make operational decision and coordinate the activities they have. each department has their own operational activities that they have identified. and you mentioned that h.s.a. has theirs, public-health, public works, there's all different steps if they certify. emergency management in coordination with the other agencies hits on public messaging and how are we going to let the public going on and what they are going to do.
>> we received a weather service update. they reduced some of their initial forecast, three to five inches. winds increasing a little bit and they issued the flash flood watch. we participated and they did a city and all the different agencies can get firsthand update from the weather service and talk among one another. what steps are being taken and we issued a situation report. so all the city agencies knew what was going on. those different city agencies participated in that conference call. they made their operational adjustments in this case. i'm calling out two h.s.h. put down 50 additional shelter maps.
the p.u.c. deployed their flood barriers because they met their threshold for activity. the department of emergency management continues with additional public notification with a load sf and to our different city partners and one of the other things, we send information to all the board members letting you know what was taking place so you can reach out to your constituents so they have the right and knowinknowing some and they woue able to use those and then we continued with our public messaging. and then, as what happens with any event in the recovery stage
or after the event takes place, we want to make sure that we look at our own operational protocols and what changes might take place and the information we are getting to the public is critical? we use our alert sf platform and what to do when the power goes out and i also, at it point, wanted to address how we can approve outreach. one of our things public affairs is doing we understand santa clara let them know directly
information about shelters and and we're going to get their operational information and see what one thing i want to emphasize with some of the plans and protocols is emergency plans are dynamic. the analogy i like to use is, it's not a symphony it's jazz. we have many people that are working together and there's a beat and there's a base but we have all the members playing off one knew and demanding on what happens in the situation, what is happening with the storm or any situation for that matter that's how we work together and our plans give us the guidance for the steps that wore going to take. and the plan evolves. that's where we're improving it in the moment or afterwards and then there are several different factors that may influence what some of those threshholds are.
and what we're going to do now is hear from scott walton who will tell you how they took their h.s.a. plans, given the case study and how they applied it for their population. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is scott walton and i'm the manager of shelters and navigation centers for the department of homelessness and supportive housing. as bijan mentioned, we do cooperate across the city because many departments are involved in responding to any number of emergencies including weather concerns. prior to this winter, we worked with primarily the department of emergency management, department of public-health, the human services agency and our own department to establish what we thought were threshholds for when we definitely would want to
activate these threshholds are guidelines. they also help us be as proactive as possible with ever changing weather conditions. as you can see on the slide, the pre established threshholds for this winter and these were actually the threshholds pretty much that we used since el nino, were a combination of temperatures dropping below 40° and rainfall amounts, combination of rainfall and temperatures and combination of rainfall and temperatures and wind. these are not mandated that we cannot respond in other situations. these are the cues we're looking for in the weather to be as proactive as possible. what happens again parallels to what bijan described. both the department of emergency management and the department of homelessness and supportive
housing tracked the weather very closely. d.e.m. has connections to the national weather service, other local weather service interest groups to collect that information. we, as a department, also looked at our current shelter system and we could identify two sites that had some space where they could expand, that's how we came up with the 25 to 75 maps that are available for expansion. we have one site that can add up to 25 mats and another that can add up to 50. those two sites are currently active shelters. the shelter on fifth street and the next door shelter on polk street. we also prepare lists of the people we need to notify should there be an issue. with these expansion sites, we are limited within the construct
of the operations that the mats are only available from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. we do not have the space to expand with 24 hour access at these sites. it also, in order to staff, in order to prepare the materials needed, we worked very hard to try to give our providers at these two sites and any other place we're going to work with, at least 24 hours and 72 hours notice so that we have sufficient staffing, staff mats, stuff blankets, food and so fourth. with the reality of a -- >> can i interrupt you for a second? >> yes. >> supervisor mandelman: i am new here. i understand this body has rules about the use of this chamber, this poor man at front, our clerk, is in charge of trying to enforce. one of the rules we have about this chamber is that we don't allow the display of signs. in order to make mr. carole's
life's year and to have him do his job, i would appreciate it if folks could refrain from displaying signs during this hearing. we have a presentation and everyone has the opportunity to come up and express the feelings that they have. first of all, it's in keeping with the rules which our clerk is responsible for enforcing and also we'll allow the conversation to flow if we don't have folks displaying signs. that's my request. thank you. please continue. >> thank you, supervisor. so, as i was saying, when either department of emergency management, our department, the city, identifies that we've either forecast to meet the threshholds we've established or calls upon a response the steps in the middle com um go into
effect. we contact the providers so they have as much time as possible to establish staffing and the physical components of expansion. the san francisco homeless outreach team and other outreach efforts by our department take on extra efforts related to checking in on unsheltered persons in our city. they expand their outreach. they target areas where they know people are most vulnerable, largest groups, where they've encountered people in the past who are extremely concerned about doing wellness checks and so fourth. they do expand their staffing particularly into the evening hours as much as possible. the notice time being critical to being able to do that. plus they add to their responses an increased effort on providing items such as gloves, emergency
blankets, socks and so fourth offering those to clients as well as providing transport to available placements. those available placements aren't just the 75 mats who are expanding but also any vacant bed in our shelter system. the emergency beds that we have in our navigation center system and so fourth so the homeless outreach team is trying to offer these services to clients but in the case of these extreme weather conditions, focusing trying to transport people as possible to a place where they can be inside. so they increase their staffing. h.s.a. preparing and distributes notifications about what is happening and we try to focus those notifications on exactly the ways that people can access available services. particularly getting out of the weather. and we are very happy to partner with 311 on our regular shelter
reservation wait list. during these times of activation, 311 is provided direct information along with our 24 hour drop-in center about how many mats are available that aren't in our regular shelter reservation system and they also already have access to the shelter reservation system so as people call they direct them and we add the component that 311 can actually on the phone make a one-night reservation for someone in our existing shelter system as well as directing them to open mats in the expansion sites. that is done in the evenings. that's when beds are available in our regular shelter system. the other thing that we try to work very closely with is the partners that involved with the healthy streets operation center. all of those groups encounter people on the street. unsheltered people. we make sure that they have
direct information about how to access this. our expansion mats are targeted to adults. we have the ability to it state that we have shelter upon request for any unsheltered family, meaning an adult with custody of a minor and whatever combination their family is made up of. we push information out to our outreach people about how to access that. our expansion is directed at the under -- the population that isn't fully served by our current volume of shelter beds with these expansion mats. that is our first response. it's our quickest response. it's our most enabled because by expanding an existing shelter, we're using staffing that are already trained to operate and the shelters just have to bring on additional staffing. should our expansion mats reach about 90% full, or at the
request of various departments, either the department of emergency management or our department will request a city collaborative call, different from the general weather calls that bijan was talking about but a collaborative call about should we and how can we add additional space by popping up a shelter. they require cooperation across multiple city departments we partner with. they're generally in sites that are not shelters. so they require us to outfit the shelter with cots, blankets, materials, food, whatever is needed. we also have to coordinate staffing and that can be a combination of requesting additional staff, borrowing staff from our non-profit partners and seeking city staff who may be able to work additional hours. and then, we prepare and distribute information about where those sites are located and how people can access those.
additionally, the site locations, which very often require coordination with sfmta and other transportation options in order to get clients from where they are to where we can find a site for a shelter. so in this year, starting with december 31st of 2018, through the end of february, we have expanded our existing shelter system for four periods. bijan used the last period, february 25th and 26th as his example where there was a total of just over an inch of rain. we actually -- our longest expansion was a period from february 8th to the 17th because of the reoccurring rain. during that time, we did have a two-day pop up of an additional shelter with space thanks to the salvation army where we could
add 80 sleeping spaces. that's an example where sfmta provided a transportation in the way of a bus and we used our homeless outreach team workers to escort people on the bus triage them and encourage them to consider the option and one of our shelter providers, saint vincent depaul provided the staffing forward to make that happen. that site was only available during the evenings which is why we brought to the city's attention, could we have sight osite orsites during the bay ane that needed inform get in out of the weather from a 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. could use the main library. so that information was put together and we put out information. just as a sample of our homeless
outreach team act vague during storms, since january they've made 55 placements in regular slots in our navigation center. they transported 85 individuals over those four incidents. two shelter or two where they could be placed. i should add that during those times, the department of public-health has expanded some of their resources in addition. they had over 250 encounters with individuals, particularly, specifically during the storm periods when we were doing this additional outreach. they helped staff the transport shuttles i talked about. also listed here, some of the totals of what was distributed during this time period. over 1100 ponchos and 1800 emergency blankets, 860 articles of clothing. those are some things that are done on a standard basis but we greatly increase them during these activation periods.
there was the question about communication and our primary method of communication is e-mail to all of our partners that are involved in this city coordination calls and the healthy streets operation center and our providers as well as the agencies that we know that work with this population. we're constantly looking for in put and expansion of that e-mail list. as already stated. we target getting the message out and the offers out to people that they know to be on the street. we contact all of our existing service providers because although those people are not necessarily unsheltered, we want to make sure they're aware of the services available both that they're aware of the weather, the forecast and so they're aware if they know of people they can pass on the information.
we rely on our 311 partner because with the launch of healthy streets operation center they've become more strategic in making sure that anybody can call in about an unsheltered person and 311 and 9-1-1 will help separate what is an outreach call from what is a call that needs an immediate emergency response, which is more of a 9-1-1 call. our department and department of emergency management both use and ro rely on social media to h our messages out. i'm thrilled to say that we are exploring with department of emergency management how we can set up a specific sf alert related to this effort. there are people who may not want to be on regular sf alert that will want this message and vice versa and as i stated earlier, we make sure that hsoc is aware because their efforts are dealing with unsheltered people on the street and we want to make sure they have all the current updates of information
that are available. our updates often go out daily during any period of activation as things may change or as things are updated. the sites we use, i've already stated, we have two existing shelter sites across our shelter portfolio that we have the ability to expand. when we looked for other sites, we have to look at places with sufficient space for beds and hours for that. we need bathrooms, functional locations in terms of accessibility and also in terms of locations that are accessible to clients where they may be or we have to look at transportation and transportation is a great addition but we try to locate these sites as close to where people already are so that theoriesltheyare accessible. site specifics are the number of people that can be served, the hours that are available and
during storms, we hope to find sites available 24/7 during the period of activation but as in this last time in mid-february, that wasn't something we found so we took a site that was only available in the evening and tried to augment that by where people can get in out of the weather during the day. and then we have to look at staffing needs. with the support of the human services agency, we rely on them heavily for both set up and breakdown of these sites. we are creating a shelter generally within a few hours and have to exit as quickly. there was questions about cost and costs vary a great deal because sites vary a great deal. we've basically been allocating toughly $100 per sleeping space per night with emergency response, not that we spend that automatically. we want to have an ability to
respond and staffing sometimes requires overtime and we have extra transportation needs and so fourth. ace has in its current budget 262,000 earmarked to support expansion, mats and our portion of efforts around my pop up shelters. as the challenge with identifying th the exact cost oa pop-up shelters and the work crosses departments requiring us to gather that information after the fact, because of these different agencies that different departments take. and then we have the additional costs of the expansion of the homeless outreach team and anything that the sfmta can provide in the way of transport and buses. this year, all the times we have
activated have not met the threshold so we establish at the beginning of the year and as stated in your opening, we have been concerned about the weather and so we have been activating, even before our threshholds were met. therefore, we are proposing a revision in those threshholds to reduce the amount of rainfall we look to activate and both consider single day accumulations and multiple day accumulations and to reduce the combination of wind temperature and rain. i understand from your opening that you are proposing a different consideration from other areas and we will be happy to explore what their language is and look at that. this is not a set in stone as i say we've been activating outside of this and we if you tell out so people can give us reaction and feedback so we can prepare for the future.
because dr. jan gurly couldn't be here, i will simply add that we greatly appreciate their partnership. they do a number of additional activities during these response periods. some of the very specific programs, like the sobering center, that deals with unsheltered persons that have serious accompanying medical concerns try to expand spaces of beds and chairs that people can be out of the area. they make that information known through the department of emergency management coordination calls and by putting that worked out to their own programs that deal with emergency respondents. they have been a regular partner, providing shelter health to our existing shelter
and navigation systems and when there's a shelter pop up, they try to have those same teams come and provide assessment and access and information to clients who may be coming to those sites that haven't used our other programs. so they have been a vital partner in adding a health component to what we've been doing. >> chair mandelman. >> supervisor mandelman: well, maybe before you sit down, how do you want to do this? >> if there are clarifying questions, i think we can do them now. >> supervisor mandelman: ok. >> we also have a presentation from the coalition on homelessness and then after that we're going to get more into in-depth questioning and discussion. >> supervisor mandelman: ok. i question i have for now or later is just to better understand the vacancy rates for
the expansion shelters. 39% full seems low for one of those periods. i'm curious about what the occupancy rate is in general. i'm trying to understand how we can have 1100 people on a waiting list to get shelter but then have a relatively low occupancy rate for the pop ups. week talk about that now or later. it's up to you. >> why do we hold that because it will get into a broader conversation. i just had a quick clarifying one-on-one of the pages and we're adding 50 additional maps each of these times it's added
50 more mats, it's not on top of the other 50 mats it's just a one-off, right. on top of the winter mats. >> two things happened in the beginning year, we opened up the interface shelter which adds 60 to 100 beds, depending on the location at a variety of sites around the city. and then this year, the weather was unsettled, we just activated 25 of the mats that normally we just turn on or make available when it rains. we just had them open all year so we added 50 more during those rain incidents. and we added an additional 80 during the two nights that we were close to full in the 75 mats. >> so there was one period where we had 80 but each of the other periods it was 50 on top of the
25 that is generally activated for the entire winter. >> it's more like 100 or 120 if you include the interface shelters as well. >> oh i see. got it. >> i'm going to ask the coalition on homelessness to come forward. where are they? we'll continue with questions, discussions and we have a lot of people here who want to give comments. >> hello. >> hi. i need to put in our powerpoint real quick.
>> good afternoon, i'm kelly cutler at the coal listen homelessness. this will be presenting about the policy recommendations that we have. i just want to frame the issue first where the current policy is unsheltered and alone. that's a problem on many levels. that means that people are being told if they're not with