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Homeless In San Francisco Part Three

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This episode was an update of work being done from part one and part two broadcasts on KCSF in 2015. This episode is the third part of our Homeless in San Francisco series. To get more context about our fellow citizens experiencing homelessness I would recommend that you listen to our Part One and Part Two shows.



Homeless in San Francisco - Part Three of Three Parts

When we first broadcast this show in 2017 the latest point in time homeless tally was 7,499 people and was fewer than the prior count in 2015 at 7,539 persons. The City of San Francisco estimates that 15% of the homeless population is families and that around 1,700 residents are chronically homeless which is being homeless for one year or more with a disabling condition.

The expectation in 2017 was that the homeless population would continue to trend downward especially with the City of San Franciso spending $300 million dollars annually in homeless he services. But, sadly since this broadcast in 2017 the latest point in time homeless count in early 2019 identified that the homeless population in San Francisco has risen by 17%. The new higher numbers are associated with national guidelines set by HUD as well as the number of people living in cars, RVs and other vehicles has risen by 45% since 2017.

At the time of the interview in 2017 Sam was the Director of the Office of Mayor of San Francisco's department of HOPE - Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement. The goal of the interview was for Sam to provide an update of the work we discussed in our 2015 interview featured in part two.

Dodge, opened and oversaw the first Navigation Center. This low-barrier residential program welcomed people from encampment settings and provided comprehensive services towards rehousing. 79% of participants were housed. He coordinated efforts to expand Permanent Supportive Housing by 500 units through a combination of Federal, State, and Local funding.


Sam Dodge

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At the time of the interview in 2017 Sam was the Director of the Office of Mayor of San Francisco's department of HOPE - Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement. Dodge, opened and oversaw the first Navigation Center. This low-barrier residential program welcomed people from encampment settings and provided comprehensive services towards rehousing. 79% of participants were housed. He coordinated efforts to expand Permanent Supportive Housing by 500 units through a combination of Federal, State, and Local funding. Follow Sam on Twitter


San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

Services Overview

The goal of MOHCD’s Community Development division is to make sure all San Francisco residents thrive, especially those in low-income neighborhoods or communities in need. We promote:

1. Stable and healthy housing

2. Strong communities

We promote these outcomes by funding nonprofit partner organizations to provide essential and high-quality public services. In 2016-17, we invested $40 million in grants to over 150 nonprofit partners, serving nearly 38,000 residents. We support these services through a combination of federal, state, and city funds.

We base funding decisions on priorities and strategies outlined in our 2015-19 Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is developed through extensive citywide public input, especially from residents and stakeholders of low-income communities. We award grants to nonprofits through competitive procurement processes.

Find out more about this organization: https://sfmohcd.org/

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Donation / Fundraising

The Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless is used for the purpose of providing food, shelter, housing and other services to people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Funds which are donated for a specific project for the homeless are used only for that project. The target population includes the homeless or marginally housed, very low-income residents of San Francisco. There is also funding for programs and initiatives that seek to serve this population and help them to either exit homelessness or prevent homelessness from occurring, including immediate financial support to stabilize their housing situation. Donate today www.give2sf.org Please select the Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless


 

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The first Navigation Center has been tremendously successful and it’s been a real source of hope for how we can really align our resources and work together in new ways to find solutions for those experiencing homelessness.
— Sam Dodge, Director of the Office of Mayor of San Francisco's department of HOPE
 


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