Wealth & poverty

Visionary Solutions to Bayfront Inundation

Mary Catherine O'Connor, SF Public Press — Apr 20 2017 - 8:00am

Responding to sea level rise requires actions that fall into three categories: fortify infrastructure, accommodate higher water and retreat from the shoreline. Given the economic and cultural ties Bay Area residents have to the water — retreat is a hard sell.

How Pacific Northwest Cities Have Made Space for Homeless Encampments

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 23 2017 - 2:56pm

San Francisco officials have been skeptical of sanctioning homeless encampments as transitional housing, but local activists note that the model has a long track record in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Ore.

Will San Francisco Embrace ‘Sanctioned’ Camps for the Homeless?

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 16 2017 - 4:13pm

Despite finding acceptance in the Northwest, self-managed tent communities on vacant land have been a hard sell to Mayor Lee’s office. Change might be in the wind.

Lack of Shelter for Homeless Collides With Voters’ Wish to Clear Tent Encampments

Helena Ong and Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 7 2016 - 7:04pm

San Francisco voters narrowly passed Proposition Q, creating new policies for how the city clears tent encampments where homeless people live. But that law may be a nonstarter, because there is virtually no indoor shelter available to get tent dwellers off city streets.

Homeless Lose Economic Opportunity as Goodwill Flagship Store Closes

Hye-Jin Kim, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 12:51pm

The charity is closing its flagship Mission Street location, which was a financial lifeline for many homeless or low-income residents. In its place will rise two gleaming towers, one featuring 448 market-rate and 112 below-market-rate apartments.

How Media Coverage on Homelessness Falls Short (And What Reporters Can Do About It)

Hye-Jin Kim and Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 22 2016 - 8:00am

In many newsrooms, “the homeless” is a well-worn catchphrase for the often-anonymous people on the street or in shelters. But many professionals who work with these populations on a daily basis find the term offensive and misleading.

With Cost of Living Rising Fast, Experts Seek Solutions

Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 8 2016 - 5:36pm

Live discussion on the cost of living: Everyone in San Francisco knows the cost of living has skyrocketed. What they might not realize is that consumer prices — led by escalating housing costs — are leaving many low- and middle-income families struggling to stay in the city while remaining above the poverty level.

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:49pm

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

State Subsidies Lag Behind Local Child-Care Costs

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:47pm

The income cutoff to qualify for subsidies is based on the 2005 state median income, while the average cost of putting a San Francisco preschooler in care full time has almost doubled since then.

Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:42pm

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

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