What do you believe to be the appropriate role of local government in approaching homelessness?
Local government needs to pay more attention to homelessness. It’s an issue that affects District 1 and the City as a whole. I’ve been impressed by local non-profits; they have great courage and need the support of the City to continue. Homelessness is a complex issue and there is no one magic bullet to solve everything.
As supervisor, what, if anything, would you attempt to do to address homelessness in San Francisco?
I support programs that are actually working to address homelessness on both the short and long term levels. I support further research on what’s been done in other cities. Education, Housing, Jobs, and Treatment Services all need to be integrated and provided.
How would you handle San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage?
I’m supporting Proposition B to create more affordable housing, among other strategies.
What is your opinion of Care Not Cash?
It has clearly shifted the focus to services, but it’s not clear if those services are sufficient to meet the needs.