On Thursday, August 7, the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee will hold a hearing on the impending closure of Marian Residence for Women, currently run by St. Anthony Foundation and located at 1183-1185 Mission Street. The meeting, to be held in Room 263, will begin at 1:00 p.m., but the hearing closure is item nine.
The closure of Marian Residence would mean the loss of sixty more beds for women from the shelter system—a loss which a shelter system that already has a disproportionately low number of women’s beds can ill afford. At the same time, the City has no plans for a late-night drop-in center for women, thus leaving one of our society’s more vulnerable elements completely unprotected.
Please come, if you can, to testify with San Francisco’s homeless women. Both spoken and written testimony help.