Demographics

Two Women, One Homeless, Team Up on a Small Housing Experiment

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2017 - 7:00am

A 44-year-old retired firefighter calls herself a “guinea pig” in an experiment to create more shelter for homeless people in San Francisco. For the foreseeable future, she said, how she handles herself will “make or break” a pilot project involving a tiny dwelling on a private lot.

Health Funding for Clinics, Kids and the Homeless in Limbo as Congress Fights

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 31 2017 - 9:34am

Across the country, 1,400 community clinics that care for some of the poorest people in the United States are anxiously making contingency plans for how to cope with potential funding cuts, all because Congress allowed a critical program to lapse. The impact is already being felt in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Crissy Field Rally: Message of Peace Tainted by Violence

Rishika Dugyala and Sarah Asch, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 25 2017 - 11:53am

Against the backdrop of recent right-wing violence, the organizer of the now-canceled Crissy Field “free speech” rally said he just wanted San Francisco’s moderate “good liberals” to reject the city’s “intolerance” and embrace his message of peace and love. Dubious, officials and counterprotesters sent him a different message.

After City Clears Homeless Camps, Team Works to Prevent Return

Zachary Benjamin, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 6 2017 - 10:49am

City officials quickly learned that not long after a homeless encampment was cleared, a new one would often take hold in the same area. So they quietly added a team to keep encampments from re-emerging.

A Legacy of Criminalizing Transience and Homelessness

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 30 2017 - 2:03pm

The California Legislature enacted the state's first anti-vagrant statutes in the mid-19th century, targeting Native Americans and Mexican-Americans. Since then, policymakers and voters have regularly acted to rid city streets of people who are homeless or indigent. This brief timeline highlights some key years and actions.

‘Quality of Life’ Citations at Record Lows

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2017 - 3:02pm

As San Francico police respond to more calls for “quality of life” volations, citations have declined sharply in recent years, and the courts have been throwing out warrants for violations, quietly decriminalizing homelessness citywide, an analysis of city records shows.

As Shelter Wait Times Soar, Older Homeless in Limbo Daily

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 28 2017 - 6:53am

The wait time for an emergency shelter bed for homeless San Franciscans has hit a record high, as growing demand outstrips availability, city records show. Among those waiting weeks on the list recently were someone  97 years old and three people in their 80s.

As Healthy S.F. Serves Mostly Spanish Speakers, City Vows to Shield Undocumented Clients

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 9 2017 - 8:00am

Ten years after it was launched, Healthy San Francisco today predominantly serves Spanish speakers and people living in the city’s southeast neighborhoods. Because some clients may be here illegally, city officials have vowed to shield them if  the Trump administration launches a deportation campaign.

Letter From the Editors: Don’t Take Civil Rights for Granted

San Francisco Public Press — Jan 19 2017 - 6:33pm

Education or deportation? That’s one startling question we are grappling with as San Francisco becomes more of a political outlier in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. The imminent need for documenting this divergence makes our jobs as independent local journalists more important than ever.

This letter is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Diabetes, Obesity Drain S.F. Economy Even More Than ‘Soda Tax’ Backers Proclaim

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 5:00am

Proposition V, which would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, underplays big health and associated costs linked to those drinks. Top estimates approach $1 billion a year.

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