Shelter beds for San Francisco homeless under
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 20, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Despite recent sub-freezing temperatures
in San Francisco, hundreds of warm shelter beds are going unused,
a spokesman for the city-sponsored Housing and Homeless program
While many Tenderloin-area shelters typically fill up quickly,
there is still plenty of available space at the numerous winter
shelters in the outlying neighborhoods of the city, said Joyce
Crum, acting director of the Housing and Homeless program.
"What people don't understand about our open beds is that
clients don't necessarily like to leave the downtown Tenderloin
areas," Crum said.
"But we provide the transportation van to take them to shelters
Crum's program, along with the city's Human Services Agency,
has been working around the clock to try and bring in people from
off the streets.
She said the less people that sleep out on the streets the better
the chance that there won't be any deaths from exposure. A spokesman
for the medical examiners office said Tuesday that no deaths caused
by the freezing temperatures have been reported in recent weeks.
Shelter clients are reluctant sometimes to stay in the dormitory
style living accommodations because of strict curfews and unsafe
conditions, but Crum said men and women sleep in separate dorms
and employees are doing all they can to monitor the sleeping areas.
Also, Crum said she has instructed workers to offer a bed to
anyone who shows up at the shelter door as long as one is open.
If the shelter is full, a van provides a lift to a vacant dorm.
City shelters for single clients throughout San Francisco include
Multi-Service Center South at 525 Fifth St. (at Bryant Street);
Bayview Hope Center at 2115 Jennings Street; Mission Neighborhood
Resource Center at 165 Capp St.; Glide Foundation Resource Center
at 330 Ellis St.; Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center at 163 Golden
Gate Ave.; and the Canon Kip Senior Center at 705 Natoma St.
Additional winter shelters are available for families at Bethel
AME Church, 916 Laguna St.; for singles at Providence Baptist
Church, 1601 McKinnon Ave.; for men at 150 Otis St.; for men at
Trinity Episcopal Church at 1668 Bush St.; for men at St. Mary's
Cathedral at 1111 Gough St.; for men at St. Marks Lutheran Church
at 1111 O'Farrell St.; and for men at the First Unitarian Church
at 1187 Franklin St.
For more information, interested clients can call the Department
of Human Services Housing and Homeless program at (415) 558-1902.
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