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    Housing

  • Expedite turning over of Surplus Properties to house low-income and homeless individuals and families.
  • Reinstate and increase the number of Section 8 vouchers released nationally.
  • Rent Control should be expanded to apply to vacant units (Vacancy Control). The San Francisco rent Board should be reformed to represent the interests of renters in the City. Renters are the city’s majority population, and the Board should reflect this proportion.
  • Budget Priorities

  • Increase homeless prevention funds by at least 75%. Currently demand for these funds exceeds the amount available. Additionally, there are strict criteria attached to their dispensation. This new funding should be more flexible in its possible use, and be directly linked to the homeless shelter system with Catholic Charities, the primary agency that manages prevention funds.
  • Assure that no funding for homeless initiatives is paid for by cuts to programs that poor people need to exit homelessness and poverty.
  • Establish a sub acute, peer model, consumer run, twenty four hour emergency drop in center where people in psychiatric crisis who do not meet the criteria for CW&IC 5150 can go to avert hospitalization.
  • Homeless Families

  • Families should not only be considered as part of the “chronic homeless” population, but housing should include units large enough for families.
  • Implement a policy to accommodate 25% more families in all local housing initiatives for homeless people.
  • Create a local housing subsidy program for homeless families. Subsidy would be approximately $500 a month for 120 families. The program would cost $390,000 the first year. The annual cost if all families continue with the full subsidy would be $720,000.
  • Include families in the Housing First policy in San Francisco. Families should be placed directly in housing, without any requisite stays in shelter or transitional housing. This housing must not be paid for by cuts to cornerstone poverty abatement programs such as treatment and employment.
  • Ensure that homeless parents have access to higher education. This can be accommodated not only through the welfare system, but also through special scholarship funding that pays for books, childcare, tuition, and living expenses for homeless families.
  • Homeless Immigrants

  • Eliminate the biometric imaging (fingerprint scanning) requirement to access shelter.
  • Ensure Spanish-speaking capacity for all shelters at all shifts.
  • Provide Drivers Licenses for all residents, documented or not.

    Civil Rights

  • Provide amnesty for all quality-of-life citations.
  • Stop the harassment and citation of homeless people by the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Public Works for activities related to their homeless status.
  • Stop the prosecutions of 647 (j) Illegal Lodging.
  • Promote the end to HATE activities against poor and homeless people.
  • Homeless Services

  • Create 24-hour storage facilities across the City for homeless people.
  • Stop displacement of vulnerable populations from shelters such as immigrants, people with disabilities and seniors.
  • Stop reserving unutilized beds for CAAP recipients for 45 days.
  • Ensure transportation to and from the shelters.
  • Provide immediate access to housing for CNC recipients who are warehoused in shelters at reduced grant levels.
  • Set aside parking spaces for people who live in their vehicles.
  • Make mental heath services available to everyone regardless of age, insurance, economic or immigration status.
  • Demand an immediate review of the methodology used in the last homeless count.
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Author: Street Sheet Editor

The STREET SHEET is the oldest continuously published street news paper in the United States. Organizationally, it is the public education and outreach tool of the Coalition on Homelessness. Every month, the STREET SHEET reaches 32,000 readers through over 200 homeless or low-income vendors. Our vendors are charged nothing for the papers they receive, and keep all money they earn through STREET SHEET distribution.

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