TJ Johnston is the Assistant Editor of Street Sheet, San Francisco’s street newspaper.
The new law, which faces widespread community pushback, will create a specialized mental health court where judges can force people with mental health disabilities and substance use conditions into treatment.
As public health and homeless advocates urge San Francisco to keep the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels open, the City announced that its plans to close two of the remaining 25 SIP hotels are put on hold through at least the end of the year, Street Sheet has learned.
San Francisco is set to “reopen” in June, while the temporary shelter at Moscone Center West will close. Where will the otherwise unsheltered residents go?
In the November 2018 election, San Francisco voters approved Prop C, which authorizes the City to tex wealthy corporations to fund homelessness programs, mental health, and substance use treatment programs, and eviction defense efforts. The proposition has finally made it through several challenges in court.
After a lifetime of creating art while homeless or incarcerated, Ronnie Lamont Goodman was found dead in his tent on August 7. He was 60 years old.
“Sheltering in place” is a privilege that over 9,000 unhoused San Franciscans do not enjoy. Yet, shelters are congregate environments where people sleep barely more than two feet away from one another, head to foot or top to bottom in bunks.
Unhoused people in the East Bay will be compensated by Caltrans for property that the state agency damaged or destroyed in encampment sweeps, thanks to a newly reached legal settlement.
A new ballot initiative called the California Compassionate Intervention Act could put unsheltered people with mental challenges under further scrutiny
The project that is documenting the items—and identities—that are lost in encampment sweeps. The homeless property yard at the San Francisco Department of Public Works saw an unusually busy Saturday afternoon on June 22—more activity than the workers anticipated.
This November, Californians will vote on Prop 10, which will determine whether or not to repeal Costa-Hawkins—the 1995 law that placed limits on rent control in cities. If Prop 10 passes, it will be easier for California cities to lower their rents. An alliance of tenant organizations is demanding a “full repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, nothing less.”