Violence Against Homeless People

Pink background, black text reading "Hate Has No Home Here"

by Tracey Mixon

Recently, San Francisco has decided to add two new navigation centers, scheduled to open up later this year, in the Embarcadero and the Bayview. Both of these sites have strong opposition. The Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center has been at the center of controversy since its inception. It was approved by the San Francisco Port Commission in April of this year, despite an appeal by Embarcadero residents that was denied. These residents have now gone on to file a lawsuit and temporary restraining order to block it from being built.

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UNSOLVED: HIT AND RUN ON BAYVIEW HOMELESS WOMAN

By TJ Johnston

A woman who is probably experiencing homelessness was struck by a driver in the Bayview District, an eyewitness said.

Kyle Borland, a freelance publicist who lives in the neighborhood, recounted an apparent road-rage incident near Third Street and Wallace Avenue last month on Twitter.

“Holy shit! This driver just TURNED AROUND to hit a homeless woman twice in front of our apartment,” he posted on August 18.

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The “Wheeled Conveyance” Problem

By J de Salvo

I have Bipolar I Disorder, which means I go through long periods of mania and depression; as opposed to BP II or Rapid-Cycling BPD, which present as extreme mood swings, my depressive and manic periods can continue for months at a time. When I’m manic, it can be almost impossible to sleep sometimes, and if I go long enough without sleep I start hallucinating and hearing voices. My illness has gotten worse over time,

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Neoliberal Governance, Business Improvement Districts, and the Privatization of San Francisco

by Ian James

8.28.19

On July 26, 2019, ten district supervisors voted to establish the Downtown Community Benefit District. It became San Francisco’s newest Business Improvement District (BID), and it will receive over $83,000,000 in property assessments from the City and County of San Francisco over the next 15 years. The money will not be spent according to any city budget. Instead, it will be spent according to a district management plan that was proposed by just 30 property owners,

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SFPD, DPW GRILLED ON RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS

By TJ Johnston

The group of San Francisco city departments tasked with tackling street homelessness has been blasted by two city panels in the last month.

The Healthy Streets Operation Center (HSOC) gave progress reports at the request of the Police Commission and the Local Homeless Coordinating Board at the bodies’ meetings on August 7 and August 20, respectively.

After HSOC representatives gave presentations to both boards,

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Pregnant and Homeless

Author Meghan "Roadkill" Johnson with her baby staying in a homeless shelter.

by Meghan “ Roadkill” Johnson

Unhoused people are constantly being stereotyped and discriminated against all over the nation, usually by people that have never had to sleep on the street or seek shelter, ever. San Francisco is no exception. 

It has become a common practice amongst housed people to repeat misinformation about unhoused people for one simple reason: they know nothing about the obstacles these people face on a daily basis.

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Plans for Adult Residential Facility Beds Shortsighted

by Sam Lew

On August 22, over 100 health care workers, community members, and public health advocates showed up to the Behavioral Health Center’s Adult Residential Facility (ARF) to protest the displacement of those who are mentally ill from the facility. 

The ARF is a board and care facility that houses the City’s most vulnerable clients who have serious and persistent mental illnesses and cannot live independently. Residents of the ARF may be unable to prepare their own food,

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Housing is a Human Right

by Jennifer Friedenbach

Handouts are nice

Organizing is nicer

Unity is preferred

Solidarity is required

I am nothing without us

No person can be excluded

God will not craft justice

It will take all of us fighting together

Social justice cannot wait

All of us are 

Hurt when one of us are suffering

Unless we want blood on our hands

Many of us must take action

And do what is necessary

Nothing can stop us

Rising up

Instilling hope

Getting what is ours

Housing for all peoples

Treatment on demand

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Be Aware of SRO Contracts

by AF

In the building I live in we have critters and roaches, and sometimes the bathrooms are kinda messed up with feces and cigarette butts, toilet paper all around and left on the floor. Usually the building is inspected once every year, but recently they’ve been doing it every month just to harass us. I want these conditions to improve because it is inhumane how people live with these conditions. We have pest control come but they just treat the rooms,

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