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London Breed Unveils Her Plan To Address The Shutdown's Disproportionate Impact On The Tenderloin

Kenneth Moore
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Tenderloin residents have been raising alarm bells about deteriorating conditions in their neighborhood. And yesterday, the mayor responded.


“We know the conditions remain particularly challenging, and we sadly have seen a significant increase of the number of homeless people on the street,” said London Breed.  

Citywide, The number of people sleeping in tents has grown by 70 percent. But in the 49 blocks of the Tenderloin, that jump is a staggering 285 percent since January. 

The Mayor notes that the neighborhood faces  pre existing issues that COVID-19 has only exacerbated. And she hopes her plan will address weeks of complaints and a lawsuit that was filed over the poor conditions and alleged threats to the health and safety of residents. 

The problems will be addressed block by block, tailoring the deployment of additional washing stations, restrooms and 50 more “community ambassadors.”  

Officials are also looking into shutting down more streets and converting unused spaces into shelters, that includes the now-closed Great American Music Hall. 


Victor Tence is a graduate of City College of San Francisco's journalism program and the 2019 Audio Academy class.