SUPERVISOR MARK FARRELL AIMS TO CLEAR OUT TENT CITIES BY PUTTING “HOUSING NOT TENTS” ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Supervisor Mark Farrell submitted his “Housing Not Tents” initiative for the November ballot, which aims to move homeless individuals out of tent encampments and into housing. Farrell submitted it to the Department of Elections with the support of Supervisors Scott Wiener, Katy Tang, and Malia Cohen.

SUPERVISOR MARK FARRELL AIMS TO CLEAR OUT TENT CITIES BY PUTTING “HOUSING NOT TENTS” ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

 Farrell’s Initiative Would Move Homeless From Dangerous, Unhealthy Encampments Into Housing;
Tents Would Be Illegal Once Shelter and Housing Is Offered

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Supervisor Mark Farrell submitted his “Housing Not Tents” initiative for the November ballot, which aims to move homeless individuals out of tent encampments and into housing. Farrell submitted it to the Department of Elections with the support of Supervisors Scott Wiener, Katy Tang, and Malia Cohen.

 

“It is not compassionate to allow human beings to live in tents on our streets – it is both dangerous and unhealthy,” said Farrell. “The answer to homelessness is housing, not tents. The City of Saint Francis needs to do everything in our power to get the homeless into housing and out of these encampments.”

 

Supervisor Farrell’s “Housing Not Tents” would mandate that shelter or housing be offered to individuals residing in an encampment before removing it. The acceptance of Homeward Bound – a City service that provides paid transportation to a destination outside of San Francisco when connected to a housing opportunity – would also trigger the removal of an encampment.

 

“It’s important that we don’t just push encampments from one neighborhood to another,” said Farrell. “‘Housing Not Tents’ prevents this by getting rid of the encampments entirely.”

 

“Housing Not Tents” requires the support of a majority of voters in the upcoming November election to become law.  It would require that the City provide 24 hours notice, in writing, of the City’s intent to remove the encampment. The City would be required to provide notice to all individuals residing in the encampment and inform them of a specific available shelter or housing opportunity.

 

“Anybody with an ounce of common sense understands that we should not encourage the spread of tent cities that endanger our neighborhoods,” said Farrell. “Enough is enough. Encampments simply prolong homelessness, but ‘Housing Not Tents’ actually provides a solution.”

 

The City’s Department of Public Works would store an individual’s personal property for up to 90 days after removal.

 

Farrell expects that expected revenue for homeless housing, Navigation Centers, and homelessness programs will provide enough housing and shelter opportunities for his policy to succeed.

 

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