I really feel as if this is one of the most important, if not the most important interview I have ever done.
After being disturbed at what I have been seeing on the streets of San Francisco lately, increased violence, and what appears to be an increase in the homeless, which I know must be direct side effect from the recent tech-boom and outstanding rent increases, I reached out to former San Francisco District 8 Supervisor, the current Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE), and friend, Bevan Dufty. This past week alone I have witnessed 4 separate violent crimes just blocks apart from each other in the Church & Market Neighborhood near the Castro. I wanted some answers.
Bevan and I defined the broadening term “homeless,” chatted about the SF homeless count, homeless veterans, LGBT Youth, the new exciting project about to launch – The Navigation Center , and current resources for homeless adults and youth.
The Navigation Center that Dufty was jump out of his chair passionate about will be located in former school buildings on Mission Street, near 16th Street. The intention is to immediately house homeless people, specifically whole encampments, on the site and then quickly move them out into permanent rooms, rehabilitation centers or other locations where they can begin to lead more stable lives. The purpose of center is to connect people who have not been willing to go to shelter because of these three common basic criteria: 1) they have too many possessions and they are unwilling to part with them just for a one night bed, 2) couples generally cannot stay together, and 3) pets. The Center plans on opening March 2015 after receiving a generous 3 million dollar private donation.
Much more discussed in detail in the video interview below. Bevan Dufty is a treasure to the San Francisco community and a wealth of information.
I ask you this, “What are you doing to make a change?”
Find links below for topics mentioned in the video:
HandUp.us | Crowd Funding for Homeless People
“At HandUp, we believe that we’re all better off in a society where everyone can meet their basic needs. That’s why we created our company – to leverage technology and the power of human relationships to fight urban poverty.”
Lava Mae | www.lavamae.org
“It started with a cab drive and a zinger of a line delivered by a seasoned cabbie. “Welcome to the land of broken dreams,” he said. Those seven words, a desire to bring about change, and a belief that mobile/moveable could be powerful set in motion what eventually became Lava Mae. Started by private citizens who believe that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury Lava Mae, a project of the Tides Center, seeks to reach those who lack access to these necessities.”
SF Youth Services:
Watch Episode 1 of This Town at link below: