The inhumanity of homeless ‘sweeps’

Activists lie on the ground in protest of the city's inhumane homeless "sweeps"

by Tiny

No matter how many times you “sweep” me,“arrest me,” or “study me, it doesn’t give me a home.

In 1984, when I was 11 and me and my disabled mama were living on and off the street, in doorways, bus benches, staying in hoopties we scavenged, shelter beds we case mangled, motel rooms, and apartments we would temporarily wrangle, the City of San Francisco had just began to “see” homelessness as a “problem.”




By TJ Johnston

Who would have thought talking about the weather could be so intense?

San Francisco officials and community members weren’t just interested in small talk, though. The Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee held a three hour-plus hearing on March 7 about the cold and wet weather policy for homeless people.

But while the hearing was about the bad weather protocols, it didn’t take long for it to become a forum on the City’s heavy-handed practice of sweeping homeless encampments — especially during the recent heavy rainstorms.


Hundreds of Homeless Families Excluded from Housing, Services by Homelessness Department

by Sam Lew

The rollout of San Francisco’s homeless coordinated entry system has been one fraught with controversy and conflict.

The opposing teams? The City vs. front line service providers: social workers, outreach workers, and case managers who see that the system is not working.

The coordinated entry system is a federally mandated system. Every county in the United States has implemented one of their own over the past couple of years and each is unique,



Coalition on Homelessness, March 2019

Severe weather in San Francisco, which will occur more frequently due to climate change, be that poor air quality from fires, wind and rain storms or severe heat, has a disparate impact on homeless people forced to live outdoors. So far this year, San Francisco has faced six consecutive rain and wind storms, with high winds in three and flooding in all six, that left homeless people cold and wet,


The Public Film

It is hard to believe a Hollywood elite got a movie about homelessness right.  Not only that, he managed to create a realistic movie about homelessness and libraries that is spot on AND hilarious!

The line of people armed with umbrellas waiting to enter Glide Memorial Church stretched beyond Ellis Street and around the corner down Taylor last Sunday. This crowd of hundreds of folks who waited in the rain were not there for a church service or baptism,