Central Americans Tense As U.S. Ends Temporary Protection for Some Migrants

Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 15 2017 - 8:00am

Thousands of Salvadorans, Hondurans and Haitians who fled natural disasters or violence await final decision on whether their Temporary Protected Status will be extended or ended. Nicaraguans must leave in 2019 or face deportation.

Affordable Care Act — Alive and Living and (Sort of) Well in California: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 10 2017 - 3:01pm

California appears to be successfully implementing the Affordable Care Act. Insurers are staying in the exchanges and prices are relatively stable. 

Critics See Environmental Threats in State Rule Changes That Speed Housing

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 8 2017 - 8:00am

Some environmental advocates say long-standing state rules governing soil pollution, traffic congestion and flood control will be weakened by legislation pushed by Democratic lawmakers from San Francisco and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that will  “streamline” land-use regulations to speed housing construction.

Community Voices: Your Ideas for Addressing Homelessness

Nov 1 2017 - 10:00am

We asked readers for their ideas on how to address homelessness in the city. Here's some of what they said. What would you do?

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.

Public Press Weekly: North Bay Fires — Now Comes the Recovery

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 29 2017 - 9:07am

The destructive North Bay wildfires have been fully contained, after torching more than 200,000 acres, causing at least 42 deaths and incinerating thousands of homes and businesses, reducing urban landscapes to smoking rubble. Now the post-disaster phase is beginning: recovery.

S.F. Supes Eye ‘CEO Pay’ Tax to Fund Services for Homeless

Liz Enochs, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 27 2017 - 7:30am

Last year, Portland lawmakers approved a surtax on companies with high CEO-to-worker pay ratios and dedicated the revenue to homeless services. Will the San Francisco Board of Supervisors follow suit?

Host Homes Could Get Young Adults Off Streets

Sarah Asch, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 26 2017 - 7:49am

San Francisco has the highest percentage of unsheltered youths in the nation — more than 1,200 between 18 and 24 years old, at last count. Host homes could get many off the streets. Would you welcome a homeless youth into your home?

Local and National Efforts to End Youth Homelessness

Sarah Asch, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 26 2017 - 7:40am

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

For Alcoholics, ‘Wet Houses’ Offer a Home

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 25 2017 - 7:00am

Studies have found that the 1811 Eastlake project in Seattle helps keep alcoholics off the streets and out of jails and emergency rooms — and even helps them drink less.

For Alcoholic Residents at Dann’s House, ‘It Feels Like Home’

Andrew Stelzer, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 25 2017 - 7:00am

On the outskirts of Traverse City, Michigan, Dann’s House provides supportive housing to eight alcoholic homeless men. Unlike most housing for the homeless, there’s no expectation that residents will stop drinking, even on-site. But their consumption is down, and their lives improved.

Private Capital Takes a Risk to Help House Neediest

Rishika Dugyala, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 24 2017 - 5:01am

Since their debut seven years ago, “social impact bonds” have generated $200 million in the United States and 14 other countries toward programs to reduce homelessness and related social problems. San Jose has already tapped into this new funding source, and San Francisco may in the future.

Comparing 4 ‘Social Impact Bond’ Projects

Rishika Dugyala, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 24 2017 - 5:00am

Governments have been looking for an effective, cost-efficient way to house their homeless populations, especially the high-need individuals straining public resources while out on the streets. Social impact bonds offer a novel public-private partnership that might work.

No Vacancy for the Homeless

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2017 - 6:52am

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.

How to Fill All the Empty SRO Rooms

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2017 - 6:51am

Master leasing of single-room occupancy hotels in San Francisco has housed thousands of homeless people — and done so in hotels that are, by and large, a huge improvement over those of a generation ago. But hings  could be better.

Brainstorming the Future to Help Resolve Homelessness

Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 23 2017 - 6:50am

Starting this fall, the Public Press is reporting on new and creative solutions to homelessness. And because we know we don’t have all the answers, we’re engaging the community to gather fresh ideas and inspire action.

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.

California’s Push for Affordable Housing Could Weaken Environmental Law

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 25 2017 - 3:11pm

The Legislature’s efforts to ease the housing-affordability crisis could chip away at longstanding protections in the state’s landmark environmental law. Two such bills were introduced by San Francisco lawmakers.

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.