Supervisor John Avalos to hold Monday hearing on homeless families ‘crisis’

Amid reports of the increasing number of homeless families living on the streets, Supervisor John Avalos has called for a hearing Monday to get a handle on what’s going on.

“I’ve been hearing for months that we have a crisis of homeless families, families that are either homeless or marginally housed, that is increasing,” Avalos said. “This is the month we should care most about how families are faring. I want to make sure that we have a full discussion about what the magnitude of the crisis and what our response should be.”

Officials from Human Services Agency, Department of Public Health and other city departments will be on hand to explain The City’s response to the increase in homelessness. The waitlist for families at The City’s homeless shelters has reached a high point of 267 families, with families waiting more than six months for shelter, according to the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness.

“Due to the double punch of a continued economic recession and a scarcity of affordable housing, an increasing number of families are desperate to find a place to call home,” said Miguel Carrerra, of the coalition.

Those who cannot afford market rents in San Francisco rely on subsidized housing. In San Francisco, there are 37,000 people on the combined waitlist for public housing and Section 8. The waitlist for Section 8 was last opened for one month in 2001 and the waitlist for public housing closed Feb. 1, 2010, according to the coalition.

The hearing, before the board’s City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee, begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Room 250 on Monday.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsJohn AvalosPoliticsSan FranciscoUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SFUSD educators hit with layoff warning

Superintendent says district faces budget shortfall, depleted reserves

SF to provide $350K to help struggling nonprofit care for youth in crisis

City stopped sending clients to Edgewood Center after sexual abuse allegations emerged

CalTrans settles lawsuit over homeless sweeps on state property

Settlement requires agency to give warning before taking property and assist with retrieval

Plan to relocate Bayview charter school meets with resistance

School district wants to move KIPP elementary to vacant Treasure Island school site

Black like Bey

SFMOMA showcases photographer Dawoud Bey’s beautiful, sociopolitical images

Most Read