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motion for the remaining two seats. and i would move that we appoint jesse ruiz navado to seat one, and paul monte, who i've had the pleasure of working with for decades and just hold in the highest regard, to seat four. >> one moment, please. i'm trying to find the names. >> chairwoman: jesse, the last person listed, and paul, fourth down on the list, for seat four. >> found it. >> chairwoman: great. i'll take that without objection. without objection, that motion passes. thank you so much, everyone. i really appreciate it. [applause] >> chairwoman: i'm really hoping that the rest of you reapply in june. >> and i will be contacting you with the new seat descriptions, and asking you if you would
like to reapply for the additional seats. >> chairwoman: thank you. thank you so much. mr. clerk, can you please call item number three. >> item three is a hearing consider appointing nine members in definite terms to the single room occupancy taskforce. the s.r.o. taskforce. >> chairman: thank you so much. i know that jamie bonmatsu is here today, who is the chief housing inspector with d.b.i., and the official chair of the taskforce, and i would love to give you an opportunity to start us off with a few words. >> thank you, supervisors. i am the chair of the s.r.o. taskforce. i took over for rosemary boski about 10 months when she retired. today is actually my first day as the chief housing inspector. my work on reforming
housing inspection to help responsible tenants and landlords began about 25 years ago. it was part of a reform group that included many famous san franciscans like the former director, jess cause, the san francisco apartment associations jenny neu. and the harvey milk club, and the aids legal referral panel. the person that started the first s.r.o o. collaborative was trying to decide whether to hire belbill suro are chris daily, and i suggested, why don't you hire both of them, and she did. that original program was modellied on a programodeled a d code inspection outreach. the goal was to improve
living conditions in a cooperative spirit, to maintain the minimum standards of the san francisco housing code. the s.r.o. taskforce helped broaden the participation of communities with the s.r.o. clab tiffs o. collaboratives which served chinatown, central city, the mission, and the s.r.o.families. >> and the chinese progressive association is also a member of that collaborative. it totals about 20,000 san franciscans. the s.r.o o. taskforce worked with the collaboratives and the board of supervisors to establish groundbreaking groups, and passed the landmark s.r.o o. sprinkler
ordinance which saved thousands of lives. our taskforce today would like to renew the terms of our existing members and replace a couple of members who have served us with honor and moved on. we are simply looking for people who can work constructively within our bylaws and the open rules of the city and the state, in order to best serve our s.r.o. communities. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? okay, great. i'm going to go very much in the same way we did with the immigrant rights commission applicants, through each applicant, and invite you to come up and speak for three minutes. starting with christopher meika. >> hello. good morning. so my name is christopher meika. i'm an s.r.o. tenant and a
resident of district nine, supervisor ronan's district, near 16th and mission. i'm here today to apply for seat one on the city's s.r.o. taskforce. i'm proudly running as part of a queer s.r.o. housing slate with courtney brown. i moved to the commission 23 years ago. i came to live in an s.r.o. via homelessness. a few years ago, i suffered a traumatic brain injury in a fall, and as an eventual result of my injury and subsequent inability to function, i became unhoused. being newly permanently disabled and becoming -- and being homeless was a nightmare. a significant part of that nightmareishness was a struggle to try to access
homelessness and housing services, and to understand anything coherent about the serviceservice's landscape. in the end, after being rejected, my case was picked up and i was placed in an s.r.o. last july. i first became interested in s.r.o. residents and quality of life issues last year during the campfire, when i lobbied my landlord to help the residents of our building, which is primarily composed of poor people who have chronic health issues. i wanted them to help -- i wanted our residents to receive particulate masks so they could breathe safely. my s.r.o. building manager more or less laughed in my face. however, i was, fortunately, able to procure 100 masks via a donation from a local organization.
and i distributed them myself doo door to door to every person in my building. to me, this moment begs the question: how is this supportive housing? obviously, s.r.o. organizations, who have multi-million contracts with the city, can and must do better when it comes to caring for their residents. you know, and i'd like to enable that. my other active experience over the last nine months includes volunteering with the "q" foundation, related fighting for civil rights of our city's homeless. i believe all lgbtq people, especially the transgender community, deserve to feel safe, and that's why i'm glad that supervisor ronan has passed legislation making bathrooms safer for
transgenders. is my time up? >> chairwoman: yes. but if you want to conclude your thought, that is fine. >> i would be honored if you chose me for s.r.o. taskforce. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? no? thank you so much. next is, if we could hear from randall sloan? good morning. how are you? >> my name is randall sloan. i won't take much of your time this morning. but i'd be honored to serve on the s.r.o. taskforce. i've lived in an s.r.o. for six years in soma. and i've also, for the last four years, have been associated with central city s.r.o. collaborative, and that's an organization that advocates for s.r.o. tenants in the tenderloin and in soma. we go in and build relationships with tenants and with landlords, and we
help tenants have more -- have more quality of life by dealing with issues of habitability and relationships with landlords and that sort of thing. so i've learned to be a real strong advocate for s.r.o. tenants, again, intentar loin and in soma, in tenderloin and in so manya. i think it makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the seat in the s.r.o. taskforce. that's all i have to say today. i really would be honored to serve as a member of this taskforce. thank you so much. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? no? thank you so much. i appreciate you being here. >> thank you so much. >> chairwoman: next, if we can hear from sarash
patel? not here. shanita gardener. hi. good morning. >> hello. my name is shanita gardner, and i am a residence coordinator for the housing development. i work with single occupancy residents. i have been doing this for four years, but before i started doing this, i was a desk clerical with he herita's management. i feel i should be on the board because this is what i do: i help single residents try to get their lives together. they've been on the streets for 10 to 15 years, and they need someone who is going to be able to help them get themselves together so they can move on to something better. it has been my passion to help the single occupant residents. it is something i love to
do. we have created great programs for them. we make sure they don't go hungry. and so i just think that -- i'm sorry. i'm nervous, but i think that i would be a good candidate to serve on the board for single occupancy residents, if you'll have me. think that's it. >> chairwoman: thank you. thank you so much. you did great. next, if we'll here from dion roberts. >> good morning, chair ronan and supervisors walton and mar. my name is dion roberts. i'm the executive director of mary elizabeth inn. i stand here today with my colleagues, staff, and our property management team.
there are individuals here today seeking appointment to seat for people who work for very large influential non-profits, who have several s.r.o.s, and affordable housing projects throughout san francisco, well-established voices in the community, who have had representation on an s.r.o. taskforce for years. i encourage the rules committee to consider a new voice in mary elizabeth. the s.r.o.is the only housing option for homeless individuals with low income and special needs. this housing resource needs to remain accessible, clean, and safe, and code and ordinance-compliant. mary elizabeth inn has been housing the single adult woman seeking safe and affordable housing sings 1914. and since 1996, the single adult homeless women from
the streets and shelters, including domestic violence shelters. in 2009, when the care not cash program was implemented, i consider it a win/win/win situation. more guest hotels transitioned into s.r.o.s for the city's homeless population, and non-profit organizations, like m.e.i., could master lease the buildings, administer housing programs, and basically fulfill our mission. 10 years later -- 10 years later, it's the city and residents who are losing. you've heard at least one example from a tenant representative earlier. non-profits are losing, but the property owners are winning. i have a few ideas to bring to the taskforce. and effort to work with private tenants -- excuse
me -- private property owners, the tenants, and other city agencies so that the taskforce is truly fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life for residents. i ask that you appoint me to seat number four on the s.r.o. taskforce. and i thank you for your time. i'd like to know if you have any questions. >> chairwoman: supervisor walton? >> just a quick question because i believe ms. roberts said seat number four, but i'm seeing seat number three here. >> i believe there was an advised agenda. >> thank you. perfect. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. next, can we hear from courtney brown? >> good morning, supervisors. i'm really honored to be here today, and honored to be part of the s.r.o.
housing justice slate, along with ms. davis and mr. meika. we're an entirely queer slate, providing a space to better advocate for our lgbt members of the community. when i moved to san francisco 10 years ago, i had no idea what an s.r.o. was. i found out by repeatedly joining the community in volunteer efforts. i volunteered with the san francisco suicide hot line before i became the hotline director a few years ago. i volunteered at the aids foundation with the harm reduction center. i volunteered treating hospice patients, and i found out almost all of the services are used primarily by s.r.o. tenants. i think something we really need to improve in this community is opportunity to hear from the members, the tenants of these organizations of s.r.o.s. i think that there hasn't been enough opportunity to
listen to them, and that's something that i'm very good at doing. since i've been working at tenderloin housing clinics since july, i've found so many different issues that seem to be facing tenants. i'm noticing that there is not enough harm reduction space for them. there aren't enough harm reduction services accessible to them, leading to a rise in overdoses. i, in fact, lost a client this morning to an overdose. i find there are not enough accessible mental health services, who are causing higher rates of evictions for people who are not receiving the services. i found that there is a lack of support for members of our community who are undocumented, and some of the only advocates that they have that they feel like they can trust in figuring out how to retain their housing in san francisco and retain their residencies in the united states is their case managers. and i feel that one of my
best assets is organizing groups of people, finding out what they need, and figuring out how to advocate for them, how to communicate their desires in an affective way. so if i were appointed to seat four, i know i would be able to bring together as many voices as possible from my organization, and find out what they need in order to stay well and secure in their housing. thank you. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. >> any questions? >> chairwoman: all right. thank you. next if we can call up alejandro garcia. >> good morning, supervisors, and this is very nerve-racking, i can tell you that. but, you know, it's an honor to stand before you. and i would have never imagined ever in my life being in front of any supervisors in the city of san francisco. [laughter] >> but i would like the thank the rules committee for the opportunity to
present myself as a candidate to the taskforce. and i would also like to thank the taskforce for allowing me to sit in and observe. i have been in the clab ficollaborative for over a year now, helping tenants communicate with building management, and working with landlords and building management about issues and/or repairs they have in their hotels, both private and non-profit s.r.o.s. in my past, i have worked with families and individuals in different states, primarily working in one of the first few southern states that expanded medicaid under the affordable care act, during the initial rollout, so that was a nightmare, but we were able to enroll about 10% above our threshold that was required by c.m.s. i have also worked as a representative for farm workers in the north
coast, including sanoma county and napa county, to enforce existing, long-standing labor contracts in those cities. i would appreciate being in the s.r.o. taskforce. i look forward to working with all tenants, from both private and non-profit s.r.o.s, as well as with building managers, so we can build a cohesive group and understand what we can do to better the living standards and situations. thank you. and i'm open to any questions or concerns. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? no? thank you for being here. >> thank you, again. >> chairwoman: next we'll hear from clifford gilmore.
hello. good morning. >> good morning to the chair, supervisor ronan, and the distinguished members of this body. my name is clifford gilmore, and i'm with the city collaborative, which is part of the housing clinic. and i recently had the privilege and honor of serving on this past taskforce term. and for our organization, the real scope and body of our work is really around tenant rights. but our philosophy has been, and continues to be, to try to build a partnership between tenants and operators and property owners so that in pursuit of actually improving, together, a partnership, the quality of life for owners as well as tenants. and so i feel as though bringing that perspective to the taskforce has allowed me to see a broader perspective among the different participants who make up that body
because we deliberate, but we deliberate based on facts and information that some of the agencies provide. and so when that happens, we're able to submit to you some sort of recommendation as an advisory body. so with that, i really decided i wanted to offer my service again, in hopes of just moving the taskforce forward in a positive way, with the understanding that there some, obviously, people who came before me, and the standard that they set i think is important, and i just want to be part of a body that continues that legacy. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. >> thank you. >> chairwoman: is angela chu here to speak next? i don't see her. okay. raul fernandez barrio
saba? not so bad? >> very good. thank you. good morning, supervisors, always good seeing you. i appreciate being here. one promise i have, i'm not going to use the three minutes. three minutes sounds like three weeks to me. i don't like to talk about myself a lot. but i'm an immigrant from mexico. i came here in the early '90s, with $80 in my pocket. i ended up homeless in downtown l.a., in skid row, so i have that first experience with homelessness, and i know what it feels like to be out there in the streets, unable to take a shower, and smell una ri urine on other, and not knowing where your next meal is coming from. i obviously followed the path that many immigrants did, for four years or so, i was coating asbestos without any protections in the bay view or whatnot. so i'm always hopeful that
nothing wrong develops down the road. and then in the mid-'90s i did my transition to the non-profit field. so i work for the city of south san francisco, teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders, and i work with the city of san francisco serving severely emotional, disturbed youth. i was working in community services, doing probably the first housing site on thomas street. i also worked for the mental health issues as the director of the institute on compulsive hoarding and cluttering. and for the last four years, i've been the coordinator of the s.r.o.'s collaborative, in four neighborhoods in the city: chinatown, mission, south of market, and the tenderloin, where we're, like, doing a lot of advocacy policy and education to work with
over 700 families living in s.r.o.s, in sub-standard conditions, eight-by-eight rooms, no kitchen, no bathroom. and some of them are paying as much as $2,000 a month. so, unfortunately, what we're observing is many of these families are stuck without any real access to affordable housing. and sadly, we're seeing -- we know that the children living in s.r.o.s are not meeting their developmental milestones. and we're seeing this intergeneric racial phenomenas. so i would just like to submit my name out there for your consideration, and as a form of endorsement, i would like to recommend juan garcia, chris and courtney brown, with whom i've had the
pleasure to work in the past. thank you so much. >> chairwoman: you didn't talk about yourself, but you almost used your three minutes. [laughter] >> chairwoman: it goes fast, doesn't it? thank you so much. [laughter] >> chairwoman: and last, but certainly not least, jordan davis. >> okay. so i want to start off with a quote by alexandria cortez, "you don't have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed." ni namnimy name is jordan davis. i'm one of very few transgender people seeking seats on boards and commissions, and i'm a self-advocate for disabled folks. i'm a fellow in the 2018 class of the boards and commissions leadership institute. in addition to my service on the taskforce, i'm part of the home coalition, the
voluntary services coalition, the labor lgbtq organization, and the homelessness working group. and i'm involved in the s.r.o. work group, which is currently dormant right now. over the past few years, i have advocated for the rights of s.r.o. tenants, such as hotels conversion 2.0, and first of its kind legislation that would require single occupancy toilet seats being gender neutral. thank you, hillary, for working on that with me. even some people voted against it, which broke my heart. weeks ago on the taskforce hasn't always been easy, and i have thought of quitting, due to trans phobic transgressions, but they deserve dignity and not being rent-burdened. on the taskforce, i helped
to bring populations to specific resources to a tenant resource directory, and brought housing justice issues, and there may be therapy puppies coming into my building soon. in terms of the future, i would like the non-profit hotels and do it without compromising budgets. i would like to see discussions about what happens in s.r.o.s. i would like to see ways we can further protect s.r.o. tenants from mice entering the building. and lastly, i want to say that i would like to pay it forward and help recruit christopher meika for seat one and courtney brown for seat four, because i believe in a city where the housing crisis seems to be getting worse, we need to respond with the best and with a can-do
attitude. we are the s.r.o. justice housing slate, and we also support shanita gardner for seat three. we are pro-equity, and we hope to have your support. by the way, supervisor matt haney just texted me last night, and he is supporting the slate. [applause] >> chairwoman: thank you so much. now i'd like to open up this item to public comment. if there is any member of the public who would like to speak on this item, if you could line up to my left, your right. and whoever wants to kick us off, go ride ahead. thank you so much. >> hi, good morning, supervisors. my name is harvey williams, d-4 resident. i'm here to voice my support for the housing justice slate of canada's, including courtney brown, and christopher meika, and
jordan davis. all of them are passionate about improving the quality of life for s.r.o. residents. through christopher's experience with the "q" foundation, jordan's work as a current member of the s.r.o. taskforce, and courtney's experience working for a non-profit housing provider, they have knowledge about the stakeholders involved, and have shown themselves well-qualified for the taskforce positions. i've worked closely with christopher and jordan on issues related to homelessness and housing. they bring an empassioned opinion. i strongly urge you to support christopher, jordan, and courtney for these positions. thank you. >> christopher: thank you s>> chairwoman: thank you so much. next speaker. >> good morning, supervisors. i'd like to speak on behalf of randall for seat
one. i've worked with him for four years. i'm a private tenant organizer with the s.r.o. collaborative, central city, and i would think he would be a very good choice for this seat because he is carrying. he understands people. i lived in the s.r.o. for 11 years, and was a tenant organizer. so it takes a lot to be a person that lives in the s.r.o. to be concerned about people living in s.r.o.s. thank you. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. hi. good morning. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is gail secras, and i work with the s.r.o. collaborative, and i'm here on randall's behalf. i have worked with him, just as brenda has, for four years. i believe he is wonderful. he is so good with the tenants. i've gone out many times on the out reach with them, and he has a demeanor that is just owe relaxing, and they respond well with him.
i think he would be a great asset if you appointed him to seat one. thank you. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. next speaker. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is lindsay mullkahe. when i started at the collaborative almost two years ago, i was tasked with running our private hotel outreach program. randall, also known as r.j., is a person who really showed me the ropes. he has been with their program for four years now. where he conducts door-knocking, advising tenants on their rights, and he works closely with individual tenants to resolve habitability issues. i want to note that two-thirds of the s.r.o. units in san francisco are privately operated. while they don't have the same visibility as the
non-profits, they are a majority in the city, and they often are underlooked and don't have access to the resources and the support that non-profits do. so we believe r.j.'s experience in our program, combined with his position as a hotel desk clears, and his personal experience living in an s.r.o. makes him an expert on non-profit and private s.r.o.s. i also want to note his inner personal skills. r.j. has shown me how to listen to tenants, how to gain trust, ho t how to be patient when you're dealing with what seems like a never-ending bedbug case -- we've had many -- and how to collaborate. he is connected to the lgbtq, disabled communities, as well as has a really strong regional and economic class lens that he brings to not only understand individual tenants, but the larger political and
economic situation of housing and displacement in san francisco. i would also love to submit my recommendations for courtney brown for seat four, and juan garcia for seat five. i've worked with them both. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. hi, good morning. >> thank you, supervisors, for what is a daunting task that you have to to provide here. my name is cathy black, and i'm executive director at san francisco's oldest and largest provider of shelter and support to victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. we have collaborated with many programs in this city, but really in a very intense and comprehensive way with the mary elizabeth inn, and the hotel ver ow verona.
for about 20 years we've been in partnership, and it is a really wonderful part of what we do. we provide support services at both locations. and i think if you're looking for a bold, outspoken, new, innovative, inclusive voice, i hope you'll consider dion roberts. thank you very much. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. next speaker. >> good morning. my name is sanqia, and i'm a property manager for mary eel let elizabeth inn. and i worked under ms. roberts for the last seven years. i have not met such a dedicated person as she is. she is always looking for new ways to implement new program that brings positive changes. so any time there is any new programs or anything going on, she is always like, come here. and sometimes i'm, like,
oh, man, here she goes, but that shows how dedicated and compassionate she is about over all community. i don't think there is a better person, so please consider her. thank you. >> hello, supervisors. i'm here in support of the s.r.o. housing justice slate of courtney brown for seat four, christopher meika for seat one, and jordan davis for seat nine. i have so many great things to say about christopher and jordan. i really respect these individuals so much, and have seen them do so much work on the d.s. a. housing and homelessness committees. but i want to focus most of my time talking on courtney brown, who is a former co-worker of mine at the tenderloin housing clinic, and someone who helps connect me to the san francisco suicide prevention hotline that i now work on.
courtney has soft-pedalled some of her accomplishments. she really, like, wrote the training manual that we use at the suicide prevention hotline. she was a tremendously important advocate for folks on the margins of society who are experiencing suicidal ideation. oftentimes these feelings are related to, you know, their housing and things that feel outside of people's control. i don't think that there is maybe anyone in the city who is better positioned to really hear and understand the really intense problems that people in the marginal society are experiencing. working with her at t.h.c., i saw her rise immediately to a position
of great leadership in the organization, where she has been sort of looking after over 2,000 tenants as a supportive housing manager and deputy director of support housing. >> chairwoman: thank you very much. >> my name is clifford gilmore. i am here in support of who we affectionately called r.j. for district one. it is said you know a tree by the fruit it bears. and r.j. has been in our program for about four years. and he is really the foundational and pillar of
our private organizing efforts. that effort, as mentioned, is working with private property owners and privately-run hotels. the structure is not there that is there in supportive housing. but as r.j. emphasizes, it is about building relationships with tenants and management to work together to solve issues together. and so he has this quiet leadership skill about him. he is not necessarily a vocal leader, but he is a very detailed person who wants to sit down and find solutions. and so his track record is proven for our program, and i think he would unquestionably be a great representative on a body that needs to understand that none of us get everything that we want, but sometimes we have to be willing to see the big picture and also work together and compromise. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. is there any other member of the public who would like to speak?
seeing none, public comment is closed. i just wanted to start out by saying thank you, again, so much. we have amazing, qualified applicants. and i guess wil there are two seats that we have to make a choice. i wanted to see if either of my colleagues wanted to say anything. i'm happy to hear -- >> again, once again, we are brought, of course, with a hard decision to make. i want to thank everyone for coming out today. this also is important work. seeing you here, i'm encouraged to see that so many people want to fight for our tenants and our s.r.o.s, and make sure there is collaborative work so they get the support and services they need. we appreciate each and every one of you. we have less seats available than we do than
the folks nominated, but i want you to stand encouraged and continue to do the work because there are more seats and more task forces to serve on in the future. >> chairwoman: supervisor mar? >> i would just add my thanks to all of you, not just for your willingness to serve on the s.r.o. taskforce, but for awful the work that you do to protect and improve our s.r.o. housing stock, which is such an important part of our housing stock for low income residents here in the city. and i did want to say that maybe focused on one of the contested seats, where we have a difficult choice to make, on seat four. i very much appreciateed and was impressed by courtney brown's tremendous work at the enter loitenderloin housing clic
and as an activist on these important issues. i would move that we recommend an appointment of dion roberts to seat number four for the s.r.o. taskforce because i think it is very important to have the important sort of perspective that she would bring to the table with the depth of her experience working with formerly homeless women with special needs, who are very low income, and many of whom are survivors of domestic violence. i think that's an incredibly important perspective that we want to have represented on the s.r.o. taskforce. >> chairwoman: yes, again. you have to understand the impossible situation that we're in up here because we get too many qualified people for the seats. and so what we're looking for is balancing out the different types of
expertise and communities represented on one body, knowing that, you know, all these meetings are public, and the input of everyone is always appreciated, and that we like to rotate as much as possible representation on the taskforce. so i want to say i very much you know, deeply appreciate the work of court mcourtney brown, who is an amazing, amazing individual, but i would tend to agree with my colleague, supervisor mar, that having representation from the mary elizabeth inn, who hasn't had as strong of a voice on this commission is something new that we can gain. i think that's important. and that's not meant, in any way, to disrespect the slate or to disrespect
ms. brown, who is extraordinary. i would tend to agree there. this one -- the other one is also very hard because here we have christopher meika and randall sloan, both residents of s.r.o.s, one who is my constituent, and i just so deeply respect both of your expertise. the work that you do to advocate for your communities is absolutely extraordinary. and i could not commend you enough. and i wish that i could put you both on this body. and, you know, i would just say that i'm going to put a motion forward to move forward randall sloan to the position. again, because of just the community who came out to speak today and spoke of the impacts that you're having, mr. sloan, on your community and your building. that really impacted me.
which is not to say mr. meika, that you're impact is any less extraordinary. it's just, how do you resolve an impossible situation? i don't know. so, again, just like we said with the immigrant rights commission before us, where i could have appointed any member, i feel the same way here. so i would encourage you to apply to open seats in the future, and to continue to invest and be involved in this important body in our city. so with that, i just want to put forward the full motion and see if that works for my colleagues. so i will make a motion for the appointment of -- sorry, let me make sure i'm getting this right. where is my papers here?
i want to get all of this right. so i would put forward randall sloan for seat one. surash patel for seat two. shanita gardner, seat three. and for seat three, with a residency waiver. dion roberts for seat four. juan alejandro gar garcia for seat five with a residency waiver. clifford gilmore for seat six. angela chu for seat seven, and raul fernandez for seat eight, and jordan davis for seat nine. is that okay? can i take that without objection? without objection, that motion passes.
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hypomania and we have hot pots we have all of the cuisines of china in our chinatown you don't have to go far. >> small business is important to our neighborhood because if we really make a lot of people lives better more people get a job here not just a big firm. >> you don't have to go anywhere else we have pocketed of great neighborhoods haul have all have their own uniqueness. >> san francisco has to all >> we think over 50 thousand permanent residents in san francisco eligible for citizenship by lack information and resources so really the project is not about citizenship
but really academy our immigrant community. >> making sure they're a part of what we do in san francisco the san francisco pathway to citizenship initiative a unique part of just between the city and then our 5 local foundations and community safe organizations and it really is an effort to get as many of the legal permanent residents in the san francisco since 2013 we started reaching the san francisco bay area residents and 10 thousand people into through 22 working groups and actually completed 5 thousand applications for citizenship our cause the real low income to moderate income resident in san francisco and the bayview
sometimes the workshops are said attend by poem if san mateo and from sacking. >> we think over restraining order thousand legal permanent residents in san francisco that are eligible for citizenship but totally lack information and they don't have trained professionals culturally appropriate with an audience you're working with one time of providing services with pro bono lawyers and trained professionals to find out whether your eligible the first station and go through a purview list of questions to see if they have met the 56 year residents arrangement or they're a u.s. citizenship they once they get through the screening they go to
legal communication to see lawyers to check am i eligible to be a citizen we send them to station 3 that's when they sit down with experienced advertising to fill out the 4 hundred naturalization form and then to final review and at the end he helps them with the check out station and send them a packet to fill and wait a month to 6 weeks to be invited in for an oral examine and if they pass two or three a months maximum get sworn in and become a citizen every single working groups we have a learning how to vote i mean there are tons of community resources we go for citizenship
prep classes and have agencies it stays on site and this is filing out forms for people that are eligible so not just about your 22 page form but other community services and benefits there's an economic and safety public benefit if we nationalize all people to be a citizen with the network no objection over $3 million in income for those but more importantly the city saves money $86 million by reducing the benefit costs. >> thank you.
>> i've been here a loventh i already feel like an american citizen not felt it motorbike that needs to happen for good. >> one day - i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, for liberty and justice for all. >> you're welcome. >> (singing). >> (clapping.) >> introduce the san francisco field officer director ribbon that will mirror the oath raise
your hand and repeat the oath i hereby declare on oath repeating. >> citizens cry when they become citizenship to study this difficult examine and after two trials they come back i'm an american now we're proud of that purpose of evasion so help me god please help me welcome seven hundred and 50 americans. >> (speaking foreign language.) >> she wants to be part of the country and vote so much puppy.
>> you know excited and as i said it is a long process i think that needs to be finally recognized to be integrated that is basically, the type of that i see myself being part of. >> out of everybody on tv and the news he felt that is necessary to be part of community in that way i can do so many things but my voice wouldn't count as it counts now. >> it's everybody i hoped for a bunch of opportunities demographics and as you can see yourself