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>> our united states constitution requires every ten years that america counts every human being in the united states, which is incredibly important for many reasons. it's important for preliminary representation because if -- political representation because if we under count california, we get less representatives in congress. it's important for san francisco because if we don't have all of the people in our city, if we don't have all of the folks in california, california and san francisco stand to lose billions of dollars in funding. >> it's really important to the city of san francisco that the federal government gets the count right, so we've created count sf to motivate all -- sf
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count to motivate all citizens to participate in the census. >> for the immigrant community, a lot of people aren't sure whether they should take part, whether this is something for u.s. citizens or whether it's something for anybody who's in the yunited states, and it is something for everybody. census counts the entire population. >> we've given out $2 million to over 30 community-based organizations to help people do the census in the communities where they live and work. we've also partnered with the public libraries here in the city and also the public schools to make sure there are
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informational materials to make sure the folks do the census at those sites, as well, and we've initiated a campaign to motivate the citizens and make sure they participate in census 2020. because of the language issues that many chinese community and families experience, there is a lot of mistrust in the federal government and whether their private information will be kept private and confidential. >> so it's really important that communities like bayview-hunters point participate because in the past, they've been under counted, so what that means is that funding that should have gone to these communities, it wasn't enough.
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>> we're going to help educate people in the tenderloin, the multicultural residents of the tenderloin. you know, any one of our given blocks, there's 35 different languages spoken, so we are the original u.n. of san francisco. so it's -- our job is to educate people and be able to familiarize themselves on doing this census. >> you go on-line and do the census. it's available in 13 languages, and you don't need anything. it's based on household. you put in your address and answer nine simple questions. how many people are in your household, do you rent, and your information. your name, your age, your race, your gender. >> everybody is $2,000 in funding for our child care, housing, food stamps, and medical care. >> all of the residents in the city and county of san francisco need to be counted in
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census 2020. if you're not counted, then your community is underrepresented and will be underserved. >> i know it is rain. we will try to make sure that we hurry up. actually, no, i am not going to hurry up. i am excited to be here today with supervisor fewer and this after we are standing in front of today to talk about how amazing the small size
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acquisition is in san francisco. this is amazing. let me tell you when our former mayor ed lee served as mayor, he really understood in numerous conversations we had around the challenges with affordable housing. it wasn't just about building new affordable housing, which we so desperately need. it was about remembering people who live in apartment buildings like this, people who live in affordable housing all over san francisco and the challenges that exist with not only maintaining those facilities but making sure that they are available and remain safe and affordable for so many residents who could get displaced when the buildings go on the market. that is why this acquisition program is so important. no one on the board of supervisors has been a stronger
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supporter of this program than supervisor sandy fewer. [applause] >> she continues to twist my arm to say, look, we haven't been able to do a lot around investments and affordable housing in my district on the west side of town so we need to do more to invest in small sites. that is an opportunity to help stabilize low income families who live in these apartment buildings all over the west side who often times are not getting the support they need. this is really amazing. we will be protecting 12 affordable homes. this is the second small site on the west side of town. we have not only invested millions of dollars in the past year's budget to support the small sites. because of the voters passing a $600 million affordable housing
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bond we will invest another $30 million in small site acquisitions absolutely amazing. to date we have acquired 35 buildings with two 90 units in the sunset, mission, excel seo, soma and eight ash bury neighborhoods with 137 total units in the pipeline that is $135 million of city funds committed to helping support 550 residents in san francisco. absolutely amazing. i want to thank meta and someone will speak today for being an amazing community partner. the city can invest the funds. without partners and people willing to do the work, we can't get this done in a timely manner. often times they are timely. we are grateful for the
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partnership with meta and the san francisco housing accelerator fund. they will talk in a minute. i want to thank the residents for their patience and excitement and trusting the city to work with us to make this happen. i know dan adams is here from the mayor's office of housing. thank you for doing amazing work around affordable housing every day. with that i want to introduce thsupervisor for this district r small site acquisition, supervisor fewer. [applause] >> thank you. first i want to start off by saying a big thanks to a lot of people. meta coming out here and buying this property for us and managing it. it is a gift. i know it is out of your
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geographic area. thank you for keeping these homes here. to our may orthopedic and t -- . it takes everyone together. the san francisco housing accelerator fund and of course our rock star tenants of 359 third avenue. i want to say this is why we are able to do this and this is why we do this. i also really want to thank the housing rights committee. we have a west side site. there are partners in everything. they are the first people we go to when we hear about a building going to be for sale. when people e-mail to say, help, my building is being sold. i don't know what to do. i have lived here for 44 years. we called hrc. we are partners to keeping our
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residents stage. i don't want to correct the mayor. this is the third site in the richmond district. all of them. >> two here and one over here. >> absolutely. we have one on 17th avenue which we saved. that was first. seniors are in that building. people who lived in the district over 40 years. another win where at ninth where hamburger haven is. the mayor was there celebrating the acquisition of 14 units. sro units inhabited by chinese americans that are seniors. one lady was 98 years old. they have lived there for 25 years and can live there the rest of their live also. of course, this is our third. we know the richmond district this is the strategy that we are going to use to keep people
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stabilized and keep these wonderful families and the residents in the richmond district where they choose to live and they love. i want to again say thank you to meta. without them we could not have done this. you know, we have lost 500 units of affordable housing in my district alone in the last 10 years. when we can acquire buildings that are already built that already have tenants in them and tenants who love our district and that we love having them here, too, this is a perfect combination that we can do as a city and we should do more of. our office has worked very hard, as the mayor mentioned, about getting more money for it and to acquire more sites. earlier this year we penned the community opportunity to purchase act, copa. that gives the organizations
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first but at the apple before it goes to the market. it gives non-profits a chance to buy them first. we need on the west side to to o rekeep more neighbors in the homes. with funding we received a grant to come together and create our own west side nonprofit so we can buy more buildings all on the west side. not just my district but in the sunset. we offer legislation to put more money every year in to this site for affordable housing. now we have a plan, we are on our way, we hope to keep more people in home also in the richmond and keep my residents stage. 65% of my neighbors are renters. they are vulnerable i in the housing market. thank you all for making this
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happen. this is a great celebration on this rainy day. during this holiday season these wonderful residents no longer have to worry for 99 years this will be affordable. thank you everyone. (applause) >> it was smart to put remarks in plastic to keep it from the rain. next one of the partners to address this, some of you know how critical i am of the city bureaucracy and how long it takes to get anything done. that is why this partner is so important. the san francisco housing acseller rater fund help us with the funding so that when we have the opportunity to purchase these buildings they are really the bridge to make sure there aren't any delays to sacrifice the opportunity to get hold of these buildings for the people who live there.
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rebecca foster is the chief executive officer of the san francisco housing accelerator fund. thank you so much for everything you do, rebecca. [applause] >> we do our work closely with meta. i will bring up the great team with us. as the mayor said, we are -- you have to move at the pace of the market to get opportunities like this and to not lose the affordability for residents like the amazing residents here. that is what we do. we work with amazing community-based organizations like meta and provide the capital they need to buy acknowledges like this that are -- to buy buildings and to rehab them and make improvements to the buildings and partner with the city to come in with the capital that is needed to make them affordable for 99 years.
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this is our 15th project. we have over $118 million since we were created less than three years ago. as the supervisor said we need to trickle down to see these on the west side and also we love working with meta and the supervisor on this effort to build more capacity for community-based developers out here to do more work like this. >> i am director of community real estate at meta. this is castro, chief project manager that made this happen for the residents to stay. it is a hustle to buy a building off the private market and make sure the residents are aware what we are doing and also keeping the seller confident we are going to buy the building and making sure we have the
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financing through the housing accelerator and with the mayor's office. we have been able to do this time and time again in the mission area and we are so excited to bring this to other parts of the city, including the sunset and richmond district. as you have heard from supervisor fewer and the mayor we are excitessed to do the capacity building now that we have more funding to look at other parts of the city and really grow our smal small agait could to the big engine and replace displacement in our city. thank you. >> i also want you to hear from the residents. first is laura. she will talk about her experience. thank you for being here, laura. >> when we heard the building was going to be for sale the second time in two years. it was now what?
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when we saw the ad they posted for sale saying this was not rent controlled, our hearts dropped. what do you mean? we have been her 41 years under rent control. we were going buy the date of the occupancy. then we had a meeting, thanks to the san francisco housing committee. they introducessed us to meta. we read and we thought, okay. we still were concerned. we were half and half about rent control. we did the appeals, people's rents were raised, not everyone but some. it got to be homed. then we realized that i was here 41 years but no one else has been. that is when you put aside things saying you do things for the betterment of all, not just yourself. it meant a lot.
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we got it done with the help of partners sandra and ian. every time i had a question, i sent them an e-mail. next day there was a response as busy as their jobs were. i don't know how to thank them enough. nor so the mayor for backing this project. thank you everyone. we are in homes, not going somewhere else. it means so much. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, laura. now for another resident chloe and one of the newest residents of 369 third street. >> so we found out the building was for sale for the second time when i was pregnant five months with our baby. laura found out it was not rent control the day after we found
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out it was for sale which meant we would have the rent hiked up or they would tear it down or put people who wanted to spend a lot of money to live here. i decided no, i was not going to be moved out of my home. i was not going to let that happen to the rest of the tenants in the home. we are part of what makes the san francisco heart beat what it is. this is full of families and retired people. it wasn't going to happen. i am so grateful there was so much support and passionate people who put their effort to keep san francisco what it is supposed to be. very passionate people. i just i can't say enough,and i want everyone out there in the city to know you don't have to feel paralyzed. i did not know where to turn. i got a postcard from impact the
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next day and called them instead of throwing it away in the mail and that got the ball rolling. you don't have to be -- you are not victims. we are people who are backed by amazing humans with big heart goes to keep the city the way it is supposed to be. thank you so much. (applause) >> well, there you have it. good news for a change in san francisco. i know we have real challenges in our city. challenges that so many people work on every single day to address, and because of an amazing group of people we have been able to create just a little bit of a good opportunity here for so many people who deserve it.
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i am so grateful to all of the people that played a role in getting us to this point. it took a village. now that is a home for years to come, and i am grateful to everyone who rolled up your sleeve goes to make it happen. you can't wait to continue to do more acquisitions like this all over san francisco. thank you for braving the cold and rain to be here. it is worth it. we have more work to do. i know with supervisor fewer pushing for these acquisitions on the west side and all you alr san francisco we will save people in their existing housing for generations to come. thank you again for your support and being here today.
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>> my apartment burned down 1.5 years ago in noba. my name is leslie mccray, and i am in outside beauty sales. i have lived in this neighborhood since august of this year. after my fire in my apartment and losing everything, the red cross gave us a list of agencies in the city to reach out to and find out about various programs that could help us get back on our feet, and i signed up for the below
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market rate program, got my certificate, and started applying and won the housing lottery. this particular building was brand-new, and really, this is the one that i wanted out of everything i applied for. and i came to the open house here, and there were literally hundreds of people looking at the building. and i -- in my mind, i was, like, how am i ever going to possibly win this? and i did. and when you get that notice that you want, it's surreal, and you don't really believe it, and then it sinks in, yeah, i can have it, and i'm finally good to go; i can stay. my favorite thing about my home, although i miss the charm about the old victorian is everything is brand-new. it's beautiful. my kitchen is amazing. i've really started to enjoy cooking. i really love that we have a gym on-site. i work out four days a week,
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and it's beautiful working outlooking out over the courtyard that i get to look at. it was hard work to get to the other side, but it's well worth it. i'm super grateful to the mayor's office of housing for having this for us. >> good morning. thank you so much. i am mayor london breed. i am excited to be here today joined by supervisors safai and vallie brown. this, as you all know, is a representation of a lot of the work that we have been doing in san francisco t to come up with creative solutions to address homelessness. we have to understand sometimes it is not one size fits all, and trying to understand exactly the
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challenges that people who are homeless are dealing with and meeting them where they are and getting them the help and support they need to transition into a more permanent stable housing situation is something that we care about. this is why we have been fighting so hard to build more shelter beds, to look at places that are under utilized space to identify weighs in which we can have temporary or permanent space for shelter to allow for a situation like this where we are taking a parking lot slated for 100% affordable house anything the near future and using it when it is not being used for a place for people to safely park, get supported services and resources and make sure that we are able to help people transition into a permanent situation. i will say that i am really proud to work with two
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individuals who have been the leaders in this effort. starting with the board of supervisors and understanding there are so many people before the homeless count was released that showed we had an increase in the number of people living in vehicles. these two supervisors led the efforts around solutions around safe parking for those who unfortunately are sleeping in their vehicles. as a way to provide a safe place like where we are standing here today. in october of 2019, the city counted over 700 occupied vehicles in san francisco, both passenger cars and rvs so we know that this is something that we need to provide a solution for. i want to be clear because the first thing you hear from folks it is not enough. it is better than what it was. there was nothing in the past.
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now this is an example. this is not from my understanding what we are trying to propose here today is not something that we are familiar with anyplace in the united states where this is happening and actually has a track record of proving successful. we are stepping out to be the first to try something different, that we are hoping could work to support people that we know need support. i want to thank not just the supervisors but i really want to thank urban because they are the ones that you will hear from them in a minute. this program is absolutely incredible in the civic center area and other places throughout san francisco working with so many vulnerable population of san francisco, helping to keep the neighborhoods and civic
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center and downtown area safe and clean and accessible and treating people with respect and dignity. i appreciate the work they are doing. i also want to appreciate the lake view omi community. mr. and mrs. harris are here and steve and others. this is not something always popular to do. not only did supervisor safai lead in this effort to have community meetings to talk about this location used for this purpose, he really took a lot of hits from the community and, fortunately, so many community members were open and willing to allow this use to take place, and we truly appreciate the neighborhood for allowing us to do this on a temporary basis. this vehicle triage center is something, i think, that can be potentially duplicated throughout san francisco. ultimately, the goal is to get
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people into safe affordable housing that is really the goal of this. this is a way to bring people inside, to provide showers, to provide restroom facilities, to make sure that we are doing it in a way that meets people where they are and treatings them with respect and dignity. i am grateful to be here today to kick this off. i do want to say that a lot of work through the mayor's office on homelessness has gone into identifying all over san francisco people who are living in their vehicles and trying to create, you know, a way to know what already exists. i want to make it clear that this is not an open invitation to people in other counties to come to san francisco because the fact is we have a long waiting list of people who we have identified and they will be
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our priority along with other unhoused individuals who sadly are sleeping on the streets. we, of course, invite other counties to look at this as an example and to do their part in addressing this issue. this is not just an issue unique to san francisco. this is an issue that impacts the entire state of california. we are hopeful we will partner in the near future to talk about ways to move forward with solutions like this and others to make sure that san francisco is not the only city and county bearing the burden of the expense of doing unique things like we are doing today. with that since the rain is coming down and you guys know i don't like to get my hair wet. we are on dangerous territory here. i would like to introduce the supervisor safai.
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[applause] >> we will pause for mayor breed to have an umbrella. (laughter) >> you know, i want to say i think this is historic day in san francisco. i know that people have been talking about doing safe parking in one form or another for over a decade, but truly we are standing here today because of the individuals that stand behind me. we had a situation where i went out and told the story a few time also. i went out on christmas day with my daughter. santa had gotten her a bike and we went to the playground and the street was lined with people living in rvs. i thought what is happening? so i called s.f.m.t.a., got started getting calls from neighbors. they were saying they wanted these cars removed.
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i think that the knee jerk reaction in these situations is to just think about the vehicles but not think about the individuals that are occupying these vehicles. these are folks that are human being just like you and me. they are working, often times students, often times they are veterans, they are people who are productive members of society and want to be respected like you and me. i will tell you, my knee jerk reaction was to call and say where are the signs, we need no overnight parking signs up. s.f.m.t.a. said we are going to pause, we are not going to keep doing this. it just pushes people from one block to another. then i got back to my office and there was a photograph of a young woman living in an rv, and it was a handwritten note from
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supervisor brown that said let's work on this together in a humane way. that really caused me to pause, and i walked into her office and i said don't blind side me like that again. we kind of had a laugh, but the truth was i said you are right. we have to do this the right way. we buckled down, the staff buckled down and wrote a piece of legislation. we went around the bay area and looked at best practices. we crafted a piece of legislation. the reason that this is able to happen is because of that piece of legislation. we also march would into -- marched into may or breed's office. >> mayor breed: you walked. >> there were two of us. we marched. we had an uncomfortable conversation. by the end, the mayor committed
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money, and she challenged me. are you going to put one of these in your district? i said i absolutely am. i know where we can go. i called mission housing development. they had gotten control of this site. i called jeff and we had a conversation to say can this be the first place where we do safe parking? fast forward. it looked like once the census came in that there really was a justification for doing this. out of the increase in homelessness, 70% of the increase and i think it was 13% increase in homelessness, 70% are living in vehicles. if now, was not the time then it would never be the time. we did that. the mayor allocated over $1 million for this effort.
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we engaged the community. as the mayor mentioned, steve and the reverend. the improvement association, 45 individuals in the room and we took a vote. after that vote it was a unanimous vote to proceed with this. we had a community meeting and 600 people showed up. by the end an and mary and i wil tell you we never have 600 people show up for a meeting. it leaned towards support. we wanted to be the first and share in the responsibility of dealing with the homeless crisis. i want to thank the mayor and i want to give a special thanks to
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the department of public works. we would not have been able to move as fast as we would if they hadn't been able to get this ready you see the solar panels, security cameras, lighting, privacy fencing, restriping, bathrooms, office space and urban will be here on site 24 hours per day, at least two individuals. we have the captain, liaison with the bart police. wwe are working with s.f.m.t.a. yes there will be tough loved involved. when we go out to proactively move people out of the streets where they are living in vehicles, we are not going to invite more individuals to occupy those spaces. s.f.m.t.a. will put up the signs to encourage people to omentalis these spaces. myself and soon pe supervisor bn
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called for a meeting. president yee is looking for a location. supervisor walton is looking for space in his district. it will be a humane way. i want to thank everyone today. i want to thank the individuals that made this possible, and we are going to continue to look to expand and make this model a successful model. as the mayor said, in one year we will break ground on 100% affordable housing on the site. we will see what works, what i am provements can be made and how to do it better and how san francisco can lead throughout the bay area. i will introduce supervisor vallie brown my co-sponsor in this effort. >> thank you, super-vior and
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mayor breed. it was over a year ago that i did send a photo to his office of me living in a van when i was 13. as some of you know, my mom had odd jobs. she was always struggling to make ends meet. there were times she didn't have enough money for the next aren't. she would borrow a van from a friend and we would live in the van until she was able to get money for the next apartment. as a child of 13 living in a van, there is a lot of struggles. there are things you have to wear a bathing suit all of the time. why do you wear a bathing suit? because you went to the gas station to rest up. you couldn't be naked. you had to have a bathing suit. you had to do homework before sundown because there was no
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light only a flashlight. you had nowhere to cook meals. these things that we don't think about are things that you think about when you live in a vehicle. you have to plan your life so carefully when you live in a vehicle. and i have to say the things sometimes are meant to be. as a child i don't have many photographs of myself. we move so much and you lose things. i found this photo of me living in the van at 13. i felt like it was meant to be of me moving forward to say why aren't we thinking differently about housing people? helping people that are struggling? iit is a thin veil from from being homeless on the street. i never tried t to do a this wih you. you never know who lives in
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these vehicles. thank you may or breed for putting the money forward because it was $1 million to say let's try this out. thank you to this community for stepping up to say let us be the first. i absolutely feel we are going to need more through the city like we need navigation centers, homeless centers, we need more. this is the beginning. thank you everyone for coming and for sharing and supporting. let's move forward. thank you. [applause] >> the folks that will manage this is urban. they are the wantings who have been doing an incredible job with the civic center, ambassadors of the community. managing the public toilets or overseeing public spaces in other areas and trying to get
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people help and support, and in some cases connectedded to the homeless outreach team. this are an invaluable resource in san francisco. the person in charge is lana miller. [applause] >> thank you, mayor breed. thank you. i want to thank everybody who allowed us to be part of this effort. it is very, very important. as we see homelessness is continuing to increase all of the time. we are tasked with continuing to find ways to deal with it. a lot of people, sometimes people get frustrated in the city and there is a lot of that. what i see from my perspective because as mayor breed said we are all around the city in every intersection where you see a mix of homelessness and mental
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illness and addiction, there we are. from what i have seen from that perspective and talking with people from all over the country is this situation is only getting worse. we are not in a position to say we don't want to deal with it. we can't deal with it, we must deal with it and we must find creative ways to address people with love, with respect, with dignity. as supervisor brown said, that used to be her. it used to be and is a lot of our family members. it is not going anywhere. it is up to us as human beings to find ways to scale up. what we saw with the fires recently is that a lot of people are now living in their vehicles. i think when we see more and more people displaced through climate change we are going to see more and more people who are
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living in the streets. now we have to get in front of this. i am really, really honored to be part of the thought partners who aren't saying it is somebody else's problem. we need to find a way to get people out of here so people feel comfortable, but people putting their headins together o find creative ways to address this with love and dignity. eventually we all have to scale. thank you very much. we are really great full for the opportunity to be part of this. [applause] >> thank you. our last speaker today is a person who grew up in san francisco in the bayview-hunters point community and one of the first clients that we will work with here, sandra youth. (applause)
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>> hello, i am sandra hughes. i was born and raised in san francisco. as a child i experienced a lot of trauma. as a result i have struggled most of my life with trusting anyone. even those who want to help me. i am currently home less and i live in my rv. the neighborhood around me has changed. where i used to ride my bike as a child, there are businesses. the community members yell at me not to park there, to move away. they treat me as if i am less than human. i wish they could understand i don't want to live in the rv or have to park there either. i want what everyone else wants, safety, dignity and a community. i don't feel safe living in my rv. it has been broken into five time also. i am scared every night when i
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try to sleep. i don't feel safe around people. shelters are not an option for me. when the team told me about the vtc opening up and gave me information, i thought the opportunity to move into the vehicle triage center with my rv would offer me safety and security. maybe i could learn to build trust with people until i can find stable housing. i want to have a key for my apartment, i want to connect with my family. i want safety. this would be a first step in the feeling of safety my allow me to heal and rebuild my life. thank you. (applause) >> thank you again for sharing your story. as you can see we have a lot of work to do in the city.
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part of it is the opening of this parking lot as a safe place for people to park, but ultimately it all goes back to housing. you feel like i repeat this over and over again. it is not just the money necessary to build housing. we know san francisco is one of the most expensive places to build housing in the first place. it is also about having the courage to cut back on the bureaucratic red tape so we don't have to wait years to build housing so that people like sandra and so many others sleeping on the streets have a place to call home. this is what we will continue to work on. yes, we celebrate a milestone that we have this parking lot for people to park safely, but, ultimately, they nehousing. we have to do a better job as a
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city to build it. thank you to the department of public works, the hot team and be the work you do on the streets, thank you to the san francisco police department and the folks who work with us. wrap it up. it is time to go. thank you. [applause] [♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together.
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[♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and
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speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait
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in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event.
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our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as
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the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right
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away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪]
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shop and dine on the 49 promotes local businesses and challenges residents to do shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of san francisco by supporting local services within neighborhood. we help san francisco remain unique, successful and vibrant. where will you shop and dine in the 49? san francisco owes the charm to the unique character of the neighborhood comer hall district. each corridor has its own personality.
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our neighborhoods are the engine of the city. >> you are putting money and support back to the community you live in and you are helping small businesses grow. >> it is more environmentally friendly. >> shopping local is very important. i have had relationships with my local growers for 30 years. by shopping here and supporting us locally, you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, they are fresh and they have a price point that is not imported. it is really good for everybody. >> shopping locally is crucial. without that support, small business can't survive, and if
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we lose small business, that diversity goes away, and, you know, it would be a shame to see that become a thing of the past. >> it is important to dine and shop locally. it allows us to maintain traditions. it makes the neighborhood. >> i think san francisco should shop local as much as they can. the retail marketplace is changes. we are trying to have people on the floor who can talk to you and help you with products you are interested in buying, and help you with exploration to try things you have never had before. >> the fish business, you think it is a piece of fish and fisherman. there are a lot of people working in the fish business, between wholesalers and
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fishermen and bait and tackle. at the retail end, we about a lot of people and it is good for everybody. >> shopping and dining locally is so important to the community because it brings a tighter fabric to the community and allows the business owners to thrive in the community. we see more small businesses going away. we need to shop locally to keep the small business alive in san francisco. >> shop and dine in the 49 is a cool initiative. you can see the banners in the streets around town. it is great. anything that can showcase and legitimize small businesses is a legitimize small businesses is a
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>> good morning, everyone. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the december 16th, 2019, meeting of the rules committee. i am supervisor hilary ronen, chair of the committee. seated to my right as vice chair shamann walton and to my left is gordon marr. our clerk is victor young and i would like to thank my canoe -- michael and jim at san francisco government tv for staffing this meeting. are there any announcements? >> silence also phones and electronic devices. completed speaker cards and copies of any documents to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk i didn't his acted upon today will appear on the january 7th , board of