Alms Day: Hundreds Beg for Nonprofit Funding at City Hall

In this year's iteration of an annual ritual, hundreds of workers and beneficiaries of the public agencies and nonprofits that serve San Francisco's needy mobbed City Hall on Friday.

They all hoped for a chance to speak at a special Budget and Finance Committee hearing to voice outrage about Mayor Ed Lee's $3.4 million in funding cuts affecting 23 nonprofits that serve the poor. Call it Alms Day, in which nonprofits that serve the poor go begging to city fathers.

“Stand up, everyone who supports what I'm about to say,” Community Housing Partnership executive director Gail Gilman said as a kickoff to an hours-long session in which potential commenters packed the Board of Supervisors chambers, snaked halfway around the inside of the block-sized building, and filled an additional hearing room to watch the proceedings on video. “Supportive housing is the most effective solution to homelessness. Restore cuts to Health and Human Services.”

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