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Tom Ammiano Introduces Legislation to Protect the Rights of Shelter Residents

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In November, Supervisor Ammiano introduced ground-breaking legislation that would create for the first time minimum standards in the shelter system. Currently, City-funded shelters are not required to meet any specific standard of care in the provision of services.

This standard of care would require healthy and hygienic conditions in our shelters, and create a right for shelter residents to be treated with dignity and respect. This legislation was initiated by the Coalition on Homelessness and the Shelter Monitoring Committee.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Treatment of residents with dignity and respect
  • Freedom from physical violence
  • Fresh drinking water at all times
  • Toilet paper, hand soap, and hand towels/dryers in every bathroom
  • Clean blankets, pillows, and sheets
  • Shelter available for at least eight hours of sleep
  • Secure property storage
  • Emergency disaster plans
  • Laundry access
  • Transportation
  • At least three feet between beds/mats

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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