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Janice Mirikatani was remembered in a celebration of life gathering at GLIDE on Aug. 15. (Courtesy Billy Cole)

​​Poet and activist Janice Mirikitani honored by her community, loved ones

‘There’s thousands of us that owe our lives to her inspiration’

 

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA to resume ‘poverty tows’ amid calls to make temporary ban permanent

Fines and fees hurt low-income, homeless residents, but officials say they are a necessary tool

 

A tent encampment site for the homeless was set up in the Bayview District in May 2020. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Safe-sleeping sites meet demands of San Franciscans’ top post-COVID priority

A Place For All would guarantee secure, well-managed locations for people experiencing homelessness

 

Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

We need a new kind of leadership to address homelessness after the pandemic

By Mary Kate Bacalao Leading San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive…

Hospitality House is among the homeless service providers making changes for the better during the pandemic.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
After the pandemic hit, San Francisco installed handwashing stations intended to serve the homeless, but advocates say more permanent water stations are needed, especially in the Tenderloin. 
David Mamaril 
Horowitz/Special to S.F. Examiner

Survey finds homeless residents have insufficient access to clean water

Homeless residents in San Francisco struggle to access clean water for drinking…

After the pandemic hit, San Francisco installed handwashing stations intended to serve the homeless, but advocates say more permanent water stations are needed, especially in the Tenderloin. 
David Mamaril 
Horowitz/Special to S.F. Examiner
City officials are proposing to wind down a program allowing vulnerable homeless people to shelter in unused hotel rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic by October of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes to square off with Mayor’s Office — again — over shelter-in-place hotel program

Emergency legislation to halt plans to close SIP hotel program will go to full board for vote

City officials are proposing to wind down a program allowing vulnerable homeless people to shelter in unused hotel rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic by October of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Negative effects would result if shelter-in-place hotels housing homeless people are closed in December. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Community groups urge SF not to shut down shelter-in-place hotels

Closures would likely prompt a spike in street-based homelessness

Negative effects would result if shelter-in-place hotels housing homeless people are closed in December. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Measure A is a bond that would help fund housing for homeless people and improve mental health facilities and public parks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF voters favor Measure A, providing funding for homeless and mental health services

San Francisco voters are in favor of a $487.7 million bond to…

Measure A is a bond that would help fund housing for homeless people and improve mental health facilities and public parks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A survey of homeless residents found many have had bad experiences with enclosed shelters and would prefer sanctioned tent encampments, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Report: ‘Revolving door’ system for homeless focuses too much on short-term assistance

Advocates argue for longer-term emphasis on housing, treatment and stability

A survey of homeless residents found many have had bad experiences with enclosed shelters and would prefer sanctioned tent encampments, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Latest safe sleeping village to open in Mission by end of August

Latest safe sleeping village to open in Mission by end of August

Site at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. used to house a navigation center

Latest safe sleeping village to open in Mission by end of August
Like other neighborhoods, Hayes Valley has seen an increase in tent encampments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Competing Hayes Valley petitions reveal fractured response to tent encampments

Some business owners say they signed a ‘tent-free zone’ petition unwittingly

Like other neighborhoods, Hayes Valley has seen an increase in tent encampments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tents line the sidewalk near the Tenderloin Community Garden at Larkin and McAllister streets in the Tenderloin in June. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors fear Tenderloin lawsuit settlement sets bad precedent

UC Hastings case pushed city to move more homeless residents into hotels or shelters

Tents line the sidewalk near the Tenderloin Community Garden at Larkin and McAllister streets in the Tenderloin in June. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The MSC South homeless shelter. (Courtesy photo)

‘Explosive catastrophe’: 70 test positive for COVID-19 at SF homeless shelter

San Francisco — and Northern California’s — largest homeless shelter is now experiencing an “outbreak” of COVID-19, MayorLondon Breed said today.

The MSC South homeless shelter. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor London Breed tours the Division Circle Navigation Center before it opens in August of 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Navigation shelter resident tests positive for coronavirus

Homeless advocates repeatedly warned about an outbreak in congregate settings

Mayor London Breed tours the Division Circle Navigation Center before it opens in August of 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Reducing the number of tents on the street does not reduce the number of homeless people — it just means fewer homeless people have shelter. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Police stop offering one-night shelter stays to homeless after realizing ‘it doesn’t work’

One-night shelter stays that San Francisco police offer the homeless have been…

Reducing the number of tents on the street does not reduce the number of homeless people — it just means fewer homeless people have shelter. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Project Homeless Connect service van outside the SF Main Library at Civic Center on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Homelessness grows on SF’s sleepy west side

Ah, The Avenues. San Francisco’s sleepy suburbs, where you can’t walk two…

The Project Homeless Connect service van outside the SF Main Library at Civic Center on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A man sleeps near a homeless encampment on Barneveld Avenue in San Francisco near where the city plans to open a new Navigation Center. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF supes say short stays in costly Navigation Centers not helping the homeless

A 60-day cap on stays in Navigation Center beds is traumatizing for…

A man sleeps near a homeless encampment on Barneveld Avenue in San Francisco near where the city plans to open a new Navigation Center. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Nina Pearlman and Nick Wagner appear in “From Shadows,” a premiere dance by Marika Brussel. (Courtesy Marina Eybelman)

‘From Shadows’ a story ballet about homelessness

San Francisco choreographer Marika Brussel has a clear goal with her world-premiere…

Nina Pearlman and Nick Wagner appear in “From Shadows,” a premiere dance by Marika Brussel. (Courtesy Marina Eybelman)
A Board of Supervisors committee Monday advanced proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on bicycle "chop shops." (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Bike, homeless groups oppose bill cracking down on SF’s bicycle ‘chop shops’

San Francisco is seemingly out of reach of achieving its goal of…

A Board of Supervisors committee Monday advanced proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on bicycle "chop shops." (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
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HandUp gift card program for the homeless expands across SF

A unique way to help San Francisco's homeless population got an extra…

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