Last night, a collection of hardy souls bundled up in their warmest Tahoe-worthy gear and prepared to bed down in hipster playground Dolores Park. It's not clear how many stayed the night, though by midnight posts were still being made to Facebook from sleeping bags, one with the tag, "We're still h ... More >>
The same man who thought adorable puppies would solve San Francisco's panhandling problem is now saying that soccer could do what former Mayor Gavin Newsom could not: end homelessness. The city's Recreation and Parks Department just announced it was partnering with the Mayor's Homeless czar Bevan ... More >>
Last week we regaled readers with stories of residents converting highly coveted parking spots into parks, offices, and even nudist camps. Perhaps that's where Bennett Austin, a local advertising student, got the idea to turn metered spots in the Haight District into beds for the homeless. All we ... More >>
What would a voucher get you in San Francisco?There are more than 136,000 homeless veterans in the U.S., and California has more than a quarter of them. So while the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is patting itself on the back for handing over more than $4 million in grant money to the Bay A ... More >>
Does this count?Earlier this year, we told you about a survey that said tourists feel the worst thing about visiting San Francisco is the incessant panhandling -- they hate it even more than fog at the beach. But here's some news that's sure not to help reform our gritty image: There are now only ... More >>
Not just a number The Bay Citizen wrote today that San Francisco's homeless czar, Dariush Kayhan, has been overstating the number of homeless people who lived at the Transbay Terminal before it was closed last August for demolition. The article states he'd told two news outlets -- the Chronicle ... More >>
Needs a lot more than just a bed for the night We already know it's wishful thinking that the city will reach former Mayor Gavin Newsom's pie-in-the-sky idea to end chronic homelessness by 2014 -- for plenty of reasons. But Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius points out that city leaders are trying, ... More >>
Homeless are also victims of the crappy weather in San Francisco Two things in San Francisco any tourist will almost certainly encounter -- foggy weather and panhandlers. That also happens to be the two issues that irritate visitors the very most about our fair city, as confirmed by a recent San ... More >>
A shower will get you farther in life than a college degreeMost people who live on the streets or in Portland, Ore., don't take showers -- and it's unsavory. But how can anyone expect a homeless person to find a job that pays them enough to live in an apartment if they don't lather up routinely?S ... More >>
Found at last.Kelli Christensen's long hunt to reconnect with her homeless father ended at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday when she walked up to a Muni bus shelter in front of a Market Street 7-Eleven store downtown. There, sat a man in an orange baseball cap with his head down. Her cousin, Caine, who drove ... More >>
The closure of the Transbay Terminal was a chance to help some of the citys most hardcore homeless. But many didnt want help, and others couldnt be helped.
Jacob RiisSan Francisco officials are expected to file documents in federal court this week stating they have reached an agreement with anti-poverty activists on a pledge to not reduce the number of shelter beds available to homeless people this year.This represents an about-face from city policy ... More >>
Musician once played for the homeless as charity. Now he is homeless.
A couple of weeks ago, I went on the homeless count and came to the conclusion that it was a total sham. People posted comments on the blog, asking how the count could be improved, and here's the ticket, folks: instead of trying to figure out if a person is homeless by care-bear stare ... More >>
S.F.'s flawed system for counting the homeless.
Declan McCullaghWho has one? I have one. One homeless manWhen I arrived last night at the Centra Latino de San Francisco -- my home base for the biannual homeless count -- the packed room was already abuzz with nonprofiteers trading acronyms and sweaty handshakes. ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs This is part of our continuing effort to see if we can watch Gavin Newsom's entire State of the City address before it kills us. Click here for all the Newsom-isodes. Today Gavin is talking about the issue of homelessness, except when he's talking about panhandling. Homeles ... More >>
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