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Mayor Ed Lee selects director for new department on homelessness

Mayor Ed Lee has selected Jeff Kositsky, executive director of the nonprofit…

San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center, seen above, in the Mission in March 2015. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Effort to open more Navigation Centers advances toward approval

San Francisco is poised to create six new Navigation Centers that help…

San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center, seen above, in the Mission in March 2015. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Homeless Navigation Center proposal to require up to 900 housing units, $32.6M

Homeless Navigation Center proposal to require up to 900 housing units, $32.6M

Amid an already politically fueled election year, San Francisco’s debate around homelessness…

Homeless Navigation Center proposal to require up to 900 housing units, $32.6M
Crime in San Francisco cannot be properly addressed by hiring more police officers and throwing money at the problem. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

You can get tough, I’m going to get smart

Monday’s coverage in The New York Times of what they call San…

Crime in San Francisco cannot be properly addressed by hiring more police officers and throwing money at the problem. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee, center, tours the site of The City’s second Navigation Center with Community Housing Partnership executive director Gail Gilman, left, and Strada Investment Group co-founder Michael Cohen at the Civic Center Hotel at Market and 12th streets on Tuesday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Homeless call for moratorium on tent sweeps and better housing plan

Homeless residents and their supporters gathered in the Mission district on Thursday…

Mayor Ed Lee, center, tours the site of The City’s second Navigation Center with Community Housing Partnership executive director Gail Gilman, left, and Strada Investment Group co-founder Michael Cohen at the Civic Center Hotel at Market and 12th streets on Tuesday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Asisi Lazzaarius, (left) and Alphonso Gasdebum sit in the Powell BART station on Thursday, April 14. BART is planning to  partner with homeless outreach organizations in The City to provide resources to those who sleep in the underground BART and Muni stations. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

EDITORIAL: War on homeless hurts trust in San Francisco

The homeless have long been a part of San Francisco BART stations.…

Asisi Lazzaarius, (left) and Alphonso Gasdebum sit in the Powell BART station on Thursday, April 14. BART is planning to  partner with homeless outreach organizations in The City to provide resources to those who sleep in the underground BART and Muni stations. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Asisi Lazzaarius, right, sits on an

BART and San Francisco may partner to help homeless in train stations

Every day, hundreds of people call BART’s San Francisco stations home. One…

Asisi Lazzaarius, right, sits on an
San Francisco Public Works crews clean up the homeless encampment under U.S. Highway 101 at Potrero and Cesar Chavez streets Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Lee plans to eliminate tents as shelter option for homeless in SF

Mayor Ed Lee’s vow to rid San Francisco of tents used by…

San Francisco Public Works crews clean up the homeless encampment under U.S. Highway 101 at Potrero and Cesar Chavez streets Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Polar Bear, a 40-year-old homeless man, takes down his tent as he prepares for relocation to the Pier 80 shelter on Feb. 25, 2016. A new proposal from Supervisor John Avalos would ensure future sweeps of homeless encampments be done in a "humane way." (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Avalos proposes rules for sweeps of homeless tents

Amid concerns over Mayor Ed Lee’s plan to rid San Francisco of…

Polar Bear, a 40-year-old homeless man, takes down his tent as he prepares for relocation to the Pier 80 shelter on Feb. 25, 2016. A new proposal from Supervisor John Avalos would ensure future sweeps of homeless encampments be done in a "humane way." (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
After the fatal police shooting of a homeless man, Luis Gongora, Mayor Ed Lee ordered the tents on Shotwell Street to be taken down. By Sunday they were back. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

Wiener’s anti-tent comments backfire, bring more tents to homeless

Look out, folks. This homeless tent saga is starting to resemble a…

After the fatal police shooting of a homeless man, Luis Gongora, Mayor Ed Lee ordered the tents on Shotwell Street to be taken down. By Sunday they were back. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
A city report says San Francisco's current system for caring for the homeless needs to adapt to the needs of older homeless people. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

Report: SF needs to adapt services for an aging homeless population

San Francisco’s existing system of care for homeless residents was never designed…

A city report says San Francisco's current system for caring for the homeless needs to adapt to the needs of older homeless people. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Reyna Maldonado, a neighbor who lives near a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street and 18th, signs the tent of Luis Gongora, who was shot and killed by San Francisco Police Department officers on April 7 (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriquez/S.F. Examiner)

Shotwell tents destroyed as friends mourn homeless man shot by SFPD

The fallout was swift. Thursday morning, San Francisco Police Department officers shot…

Reyna Maldonado, a neighbor who lives near a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street and 18th, signs the tent of Luis Gongora, who was shot and killed by San Francisco Police Department officers on April 7 (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriquez/S.F. Examiner)
An officer stands next to an enlarged photo of a knife while Commander Greg McEachern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, April 8, 2016 in response to a police shooting in the Mission District Thursday, April 7. (Yesica Prado/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFPD: Witnesses say man killed by police was coming at officers with knife

San Francisco police officials reaffirmed Friday that the man whom officers shot…

An officer stands next to an enlarged photo of a knife while Commander Greg McEachern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, April 8, 2016 in response to a police shooting in the Mission District Thursday, April 7. (Yesica Prado/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A man sits on the sidewalk along Eddy Street in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, April 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Decade of tracking homeless deaths in SF sheds light on imperfect system

Note to Readers: This story is part of a package investigating the…

A man sits on the sidewalk along Eddy Street in San Francisco, Calif. Friday, April 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
William Albert Fridlin, Jr., better known as Will, sits with his parents and sister in this early photo. Fridlin passed away in San Francisco, California on March 30, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Fridlin Murrell)

When street life turns from ‘comfort zone’ to casualty

Note to Readers: This story is part of a package investigating the…

William Albert Fridlin, Jr., better known as Will, sits with his parents and sister in this early photo. Fridlin passed away in San Francisco, California on March 30, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Fridlin Murrell)
The Civic Center Hotel, located at 20 12th St., will begin accepting clients for its Navigation Center in two months. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF to open second Navigation Center for homeless residents

San Francisco will open a second Navigation Center at the Civic Center…

The Civic Center Hotel, located at 20 12th St., will begin accepting clients for its Navigation Center in two months. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
A 40-year-old homeless man “Polar Bear” takes down his tent in preparing to move to Pier 80 homeless shelter while two staffs members from San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team wait to escort him to their car on Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, February 25, 2016.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor urges SF to open more navigation centers for homeless residents

Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation Tuesday mandating The City to open up…

A 40-year-old homeless man “Polar Bear” takes down his tent in preparing to move to Pier 80 homeless shelter while two staffs members from San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team wait to escort him to their car on Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, February 25, 2016.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supporters of supervised injection facilities say that they are effective in reducing drug use, decreasing the risk of disease, preventing overdoses and keeping needles off the street.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Ed Lee faces criticism for opposing supervised injection facilities

From a needle exchange program to supporting the distribution of naloxone to…

Supporters of supervised injection facilities say that they are effective in reducing drug use, decreasing the risk of disease, preventing overdoses and keeping needles off the street.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tents on Division Street sidewalks. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

EDITORIAL: Homeless plan lacks urgency

With a growing number of activists and elected leaders decrying the recent…

Tents on Division Street sidewalks. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee has been criticized recently for his efforts to address San Francisco’s homeless issue, including the creation of a temporary shelter at Pier 80. Lee said one of two new Navigation Centers could be created near the Pier 80 shelter. (Emma Chiang/Special to SF Examiner)

Mayor Ed Lee fires back at critics, defends his homeless efforts

In an unusual show of political force, Mayor Ed Lee defended his…

Mayor Ed Lee has been criticized recently for his efforts to address San Francisco’s homeless issue, including the creation of a temporary shelter at Pier 80. Lee said one of two new Navigation Centers could be created near the Pier 80 shelter. (Emma Chiang/Special to SF Examiner)