San Francisco is one of the most beautiful, cultural cities in the world, but it also has an ugly underbelly — homelessness.
There are 6,514 homeless people living in The City, according to the latest count in January, though advocates say the number is much higher — and growing.
Roughly 33 percent are chronically homeless. About half live on the streets or in vehicles and the rest are in shelters or transitional housing. Read More
The political fight that erupted over San Francisco’s Care Not Cash homeless program has ended after its would-be reformers backed down following a compromise that will change The City’s shelter system.
Details of the compromise were released Thursday in a statement from Mayor Ed Lee, who thanked supervisors Jane Kim, Ross Mirkarimi and Eric Mar for withdrawing their proposed reform measure from the November ballot. Read More
The Coalition on Homelessness sent the challenge and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting has accepted. Read More
There’s been considerable hand-wringing in public circles of late over census figures that show San Francisco is losing families and children faster than a runaway Muni train.
Supervisor Mark Farrell called for a hearing on the matter last week, saying they need to bring together all the organizations that deal with things like education and housing and see what is triggering the family flight. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting was one of the first mayoral candidates to lash out at a progressive ballot measure that would change the way Care Not Cash benefits are dispersed when it comes to homeless-shelter beds. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee and others were quick to blast a proposal that would alter former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program Care not Cash. Read More
The next time you hear cries about transparency in government in San Francisco, you may want to see if the shouts are coming from behind opaque glass.
A city known for its laborious political process — where any decisions are subject to myriad public hearings, debates and community courting — this week became the home of the backdoor stunt, whereby three major policy initiatives were snuck onto the November ballot by our most left-leaning supervisors without any discussion. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee wants five supervisors to back off a ballot measure that would eliminate shelter beds as a Care Not Cash benefit, which he said would dismantle the award winning program that helps fight homelessness. Read More
A battle over former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program Care Not Cash erupted Tuesday when five progressive supervisors placed on the ballot a measure that Mayor Ed Lee said would "dismantle" it. Read More
San Francisco’s Care Not Cash program blatantly discriminates against disabled people, forcing them out of shelter beds and onto the streets, charges a lawsuit against The City filed Wednesday. Read More