To end homelessness, San Francisco needs more affordable housing

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Last December, we went to court to stop San Francisco from wasting millions of tax dollars arresting our unhoused neighbors – most of whom are long-time residents who were priced out of their homes – instead of meaningfully addressing the City's affordable housing crisis.

Ending homelessness is a racial justice issue. Nearly 40 percent of unhoused San Franciscans are Black.

Encampment sweeps are harmful, costly, and ineffective. Pushing vulnerable people from block to block and confiscating their belongings makes it harder for them to exit homelessness.

There are proven solutions to homelessness. Instead of fighting in court and wasting tax dollars on punitive sweeps, we urge San Francisco's leaders to:

  • Refurbish and fill the more than 800 vacant supportive housing units and prioritize public housing;
  • Use hundreds of millions of available funds to help keep at-risk San Franciscans in their homes and to expand affordable housing, treatment and services;
  • Deploy outreach workers instead of police officers when interacting with unhoused residents, because being too poor to afford housing is not illegal;
  • Make it easier for unhoused residents to access services;
  • Follow the law: bag and tag personal property when sweeps are unavoidable.

San Francisco must stop policing poverty and fulfill its promise to expand access to temporary shelter and provide more affordable housing.

Tell Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to settle the lawsuit and focus on the real solutions to homelessness.

Message Recipients:
Mayor London Breed
San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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I'm writing to urge you to settle the lawsuit with homeless advocates, end the ineffective encampment sweeps, and use the city's resources to provide more affordable housing.

San Francisco is one of the wealthiest and most innovative cities in the world. We can, and must, do more to end homelessness and tackle the city's affordable housing crisis.

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