Immigrants Legally Here for Years Fighting to Stay After Trump Ends Protections

Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 13 2018 - 7:00am

They are the latest immigrants whose fortunes have changed for the worse under President Donald Trump: More than 200,000 people from Central America and the region who are losing Temporary Protected Status after legally living, working and raising families in the United States for years.

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.

Cops and Robbers and Other Stuff: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 26 2018 - 9:35pm

The Trump administration seems to have California in its crosshairs, threatening to pull ICE agents, muscling in on sanctuary cities and the like.  And forget about the feds chipping in to improve relations between the cops in San Francisco and the community.

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.

The Golden State, Tarnished: S.F. Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 17 2018 - 9:55am

Climate change and global warming are threatening the planet, and the culprits are many, as are the proposed solutions. And some cities are even taking the alleged polluters to court. 

Building a Better City, or Just Building?: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 2 2018 - 3:39pm

Lots of buildings are going up in San Francisco, and many more construction projects are in the works. But some plans, like the one for the former naval shipyard, are hitting a few snags. 

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.

Livin’ in the City, by the Numbers: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 22 2018 - 4:05pm

Contrary to appearances, such as a proliferation of tents in public places, the numbers of homeless people in San Francisco have not increased in recent years. 

Trump Ends Legal Protection for 200,000 Salvadoran Immigrants

Michael Winter and Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 8 2018 - 5:09pm

The Trump administration on Monday ended a three-decade program that provided temporary legal protection to more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who built lives in the United States after fleeing civil war and devastating earthquakes.

Wildfires — Assessing the Costs: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 8 2018 - 2:00pm

Last fall's wildfires in the North Bay and Southern California continue to take a toll in the form of difficulties in getting insurance, housing shortages and rent hikes. 

Mayor Ed Lee Leaves a City Transfigured

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 18 2017 - 6:30pm

Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly last week, is remembered as a dedicated public servant who leaves behind a complicated legacy.

Coverage of Acting Mayor London Breed and the Death of Ed Lee

Lila LaHood and Michael Winter, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 12 2017 - 2:36pm

Board of Supervisors President London Breed becomes acting mayor of San Francisco after the death of Ed Lee. She is the city's first female African-American chief executive, and the first woman in the job since Dianne Feinstein took over in 1978 after Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated in City Hall.

Big-City Life — Displacement Blues: Public Press Weekly

Michele Anderson, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 27 2017 - 10:58pm
San Francisco is a great city, but many residents are leaving for more affordable cities, like Sacramento.

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

Roberto Lovato, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 15 2017 - 9:00am

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 - 4:01pm

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 - 9:00am

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 - 11:00am

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?