Jennifer Friedenbach

David Martinez sits in his tent while San Francisco police officers respond to a complaint regarding Martinez’s tent encampment at Folsom and 17th streets on Sept. 8. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

November ballot measures incite class hatred in San Francisco

With a stinky pile of initiatives on the San Francisco ballot this…

 

Neil Taylor, a homeless San Francisco resident, stands near the corner of Brannan and Division streets on June 27. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Proposed ballot measure on homelessness will exacerbate crisis

A young African-American man I talked to recently shared how he is…

 

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.…

 

A woman memorializes Luis Gongora, who was fatally shot by San Francisco police on April 7, outside of a town hall meeting at the Laborers Internationl Union building in the Mission on Wednesday, April 13. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Homeless advocacy begins with listening

Last week was awful, in that gut-wrenching, sick-to-your-stomach kind of way. Midweek…

A woman memorializes Luis Gongora, who was fatally shot by San Francisco police on April 7, outside of a town hall meeting at the Laborers Internationl Union building in the Mission on Wednesday, April 13. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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)
Ashante Jones, 39, in a tent on 13th Street before homeless people were ordered to vacate the area on Feb. 24, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

EDITORIAL: Navigating a way out for our homeless

The homeless have been more visible than usual over the past few…

Ashante Jones, 39, in a tent on 13th Street before homeless people were ordered to vacate the area on Feb. 24, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Larry Muraoka, 67, holds an abatement notice from Department of Public Health on Feb. 25 to clear his tent from 13th and Division streets. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Homelessness is like broccoli

As a kid, I disliked broccoli. I spread it around my plate…

Larry Muraoka, 67, holds an abatement notice from Department of Public Health on Feb. 25 to clear his tent from 13th and Division streets. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)

EDITORIAL: Out of sight, out of mind

The measure of a city’s heart can be taken in how well,…

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)
“Tiny” of Poor Magazine protests in front of a line of police officers near the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Protesters demand SF address homelessness amid Super Bowl hype

Protesters stood in sharp contrast to the festivities taking place at Super…

“Tiny” of Poor Magazine protests in front of a line of police officers near the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to create a new city department to tackle one issue, homelessness. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner, 2014)

Mayor Lee vows improved homeless response with ‘homeless department’

A new city department focused solely on The City’s homeless population is…

Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to create a new city department to tackle one issue, homelessness. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner, 2014)
The Coalition on Homelessness conducted a nine-month study in partnership with researchers at the UC Berkeley Center on Human Rights titled  "Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco.” PHOTO BY GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER.

Study calls for an end to criminalizing the homeless

To read the homeless study, click here Political disputes over controversial laws,…

The Coalition on Homelessness conducted a nine-month study in partnership with researchers at the UC Berkeley Center on Human Rights titled  "Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco.” PHOTO BY GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER.
The Coalition on Homelessness' new report asserts in can house more than 2,400 homeless families in the next five years. PHOTO: MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER.

New plan says SF could end family homelessness by 2020

There are more than 3,200 homeless children in San Francisco, according to…

The Coalition on Homelessness' new report asserts in can house more than 2,400 homeless families in the next five years. PHOTO: MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJ.R.

Citations for sleeping, camping in SF parks balloon

In the past four-plus years, the number of citations issued by the…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJ.R.
Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner11 year old Julius Barnes and his mother 52 year old Stephanie Stinson are staying in the Hamilton Family center located in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood while searching for an affordable place to call home.

Homeless advocates push for investment in vacant housing units

As San Francisco city officials are working to shelter thousands of people…

Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner11 year old Julius Barnes and his mother 52 year old Stephanie Stinson are staying in the Hamilton Family center located in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood while searching for an affordable place to call home.
Cindy Chew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLines of homeless people seeking shelter have seen increasing incidents of violence

After fatal stabbing, San Francisco allows shelters to bar violent homeless people

In response to a fatal stabbing, San Francisco has tightened admission rules…

Cindy Chew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLines of homeless people seeking shelter have seen increasing incidents of violence