Public health

Community Workshop Attracts 200 Seeking Solutions to Homelessness

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 1 2018 - 3:13pm

The symposium, organized by the Public Press, was an all-day gathering of advocates, architects, journalists, activists, service providers, innovators, city officials, policymakers  and homeless men and women. But, before you can solve a problem, you have to know what the problem is. And, when it comes to addressing homelessness, there's a lot the general public  should know.

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.

One Week of Homelessness Coverage, 11 Ideas About Solutions

Sarah Asch and Rishika Dugyala, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 6 2017 - 1:47pm

The weeklong S.F. Homeless Project, a coordinated reporting effort by nearly two dozen outlets, offered up some ideas that could contribute to the overall aim of ending homelessness — or at least proposals that could help homeless individuals cope better with life on the streets.

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.

Nomads by the Bay: Homeless Camp Faces Cycle of Displacement

Hannah Kaplan, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 5 2017 - 7:00am

The story of  Box City reflects the city's shifting approach to homeless encampments and the impact on their residents. Many believed the navigation centers — touted as a model of moving people from “street to home” — would lead to long-term housing. But they were left demoralized and jaded about the government’s ability to help them.

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.

More Homeless Returning to Streets From Navigation Centers

Noah Arroyo and Hannah Kaplan, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 27 2017 - 3:45pm

Two years after the city launched its navigation centers, fewer than a quarter of the nearly 1,200 people who have passed through have been placed in verified long-term housing, and more are returning to the streets, an analysis of city records shows. The most common outcome is a one-way bus ticket to another city.

How Pacific Northwest Cities Have Made Space for Homeless Encampments

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 23 2017 - 1:56pm

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.

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