City Rolls Out Tech Platform to Improve — and Ration — Shelter, Housing for the Homeless

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 8 2018 - 9:00am

San Francisco has begun rolling out a new technology platform that officials say will better help the homeless population by giving priority for shelter and housing to those with the greatest need. But the ONE System also functions as a form of rationing of scarce affordable housing.

On the Move: One Hardworking Family's Struggle to Escape Homelessness

Mar 8 2018 - 8:45am

City native Victoria Ortiz's path to homelessness began in the East Bay more than two years ago when she was pregnant, working at a Staples and subletting a room. A housemate stopped forwarding the rent to the landlord, and everyone was evicted. This is the story of her determination to find stable housing for her family while living at a shelter in San Francisco.

Rebuttal to Beyond Chron Criticism of Public Press Report on Residential Hotel Vacancies

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 7 2018 - 12:10pm

Last week on his blog, Beyond Chron, Tenderloin Housing Clinic Executive Director Randy Shaw belatedly referred to my Fall 2017 Public Press cover story about vacancies in single-room occupancy hotels as "extremely misleading" and "false." I was disappointed, but not surprised. And I am not alone.

Most Homeless Families Helped by City Rent Programs Move Out of S.F.

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 6 2018 - 9:00am

A San Francisco initiative to help homeless families find affordable apartments and assist them in paying the rent is sending the majority of them out of the city because of the high cost and shortage of housing.

Guerrilla Art Project Uses News for ‘Housing Displacement Facts’

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 20 2018 - 9:00am

The fall 2017 issue of the Public Press, which focused on some possible  solutions to homelessness, inspired graphic designer Erik Schmitt to create informational labels he posted on single-room occupancy hotels listed as empty.

Community Workshop Attracts 200 Seeking Solutions to Homelessness

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 1 2018 - 4:13pm

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 - 8:00am

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.

Local and National Efforts to End Youth Homelessness

Sarah Asch, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 26 2017 - 8:40am

Efforts to end youth homeless began in earnest in 1974, when Congress passed legislation that changed the national approach to helping at-risk youths.

No Vacancy for the Homeless

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2017 - 7:52am

Dozens of residential hotels have rooms to spare, but it is a seller's market, and city officials cannot force owners to rent. At last count, 4,353 people were unsheltered in San Francisco, with 1,827 empty rooms in private SROs.

One Week of Homelessness Coverage, 11 Ideas About Solutions

Sarah Asch and Rishika Dugyala, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 6 2017 - 2:47pm

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.

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