Homelessness

11:00am

Thu April 10, 2014
Politics

Interview with Bevan Dufty on combatting homelessness

Steve Rhodes/SF Public Press

On any given night in the U.S. there are more than 600,000 people who are homeless.  In San Francisco, the government estimates there are about 6,400 people living on the street or in shelters.  The numbers have increased only slightly over the past few years, but with the lack of housing in the city, many are wondering what the county is doing to help. Bevan Dufty,  works with the mayor's office as  the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement  or HOPE.

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4:47pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Helping the homeless at the S.F. Public Library

At San Francisco Public Library, main branch.
Photo by Julia Scott

A medley of people wait for the San Francisco Public Library to open in the morning. Students on a deadline. People who really need a library book. Retired folks. And people checking email.

As the doors open, patrons stream into the atrium at the main branch near the Civic Center in downtown San Francisco. Some head to their favorite reading nook; others to computers to start surfing the Web.

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4:16pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

A Homeless Person Tells His Story

While I was at a stop light, as is increasingly the case, there was a sad-looking person with a cardboard sign asking for money. I rolled down my window and as I gave him a buck, I asked him why he was wearing a Cal Berkeley hat.  On the Feb. 9, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, he'll tell his story.

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4:00pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Dozens in Albany homeless encampment prepare for clearout

Dan Paul with his sculpture. Paul and the other Bulb residents face eviction soon.
Photo by Mary Rees.


On the west side of the city of Albany, there’s a peninsula jutting into San Francisco Bay. It’s beautiful there, right on the water, with hiking trails and beaches looking directly out toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On that piece of land, there’s a broad hilly mound covered in brush, grass, trees, scattered concrete slabs, and rebar that’s come to be known as the Albany Bulb.

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3:52pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Politics

Addressing chronic homelessness with permanent supportive housing

Veterans Commons resident Jesse Breedwolf, 74.
Liz Pfeffer


California has the largest concentration of homeless veterans in the nation, and in San Francisco, it’s likely that more than 700 homeless vets will sleep on the street or in shelters this Veterans Day. 

According to Bevan Dufty, director of San Francisco’s Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) program, housing homeless veterans is a high priority for the city. And the number of homeless veterans has decreased since last year, thanks in part to the opening of a permanent supportive housing facility called Veterans Commons.

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