Board appropriates $70 million in support service funding
By Elizabeth Pfeffer
and Daniel Powell
June 21, 2006
Upon recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee, two
Human Services contracts worth over $70 million were approved
by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in a 10-0 vote, with Supervisor
Michela Alioto-Pier absent.
Episcopal Community Services and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic
were awarded roughly $30 million and $40 million, respectively,
to extend a variety of homeless prevention and support programs
The funds will be allocated to three general service areas: emergency
shelter, housing, and supportive services, each targeted to the
formerly homeless, elderly and adults with disabilities, said
Kimberly Fergison, Senior Contracts Manager with the Human Services
Episcopal Community Services oversees 477 housing units in five
residential hotels, as well as approximately 450 beds in area
shelters. Contract case managers offer occupants crisis intervention,
drug counseling, conflict resolution, money management and eviction
The Hillsdale, The Elm and The Mentone hotels, all operating
in blighted neighborhoods for over a year, have demonstrated that
occupants can develop the skills to live independently.
"Ninety-four percent of residents have maintained their
housing for at least a year, or have moved to other housing where
they pay rent," Fergison said. "We consider that to
be a success."
The Tenderloin Housing Clinic offers similar services to formerly
homeless adults through 15 residential hotels citywide.
After receiving board approval, the resolutions await final signature
from Mayor Gavin Newsom.