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SF Has Filled Less Than 3,000 Hotel Rooms For The Unhoused. Advocates Say It's Not Enough.

Anna Bauman / The Chronicle
A group of protestors gathered in front of San Francisco Mayor London Breed's house on Thursday, Apri 30, 2020 alleging San Francisco has failed to meet deadline for leasing enough hotel rooms to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on how San Francisco is handling its unhoused population during #COVID19. Last week, advocates staged a protest outside of Mayor London Breed’s house to demand more hotel rooms for people without homes.

Officials say 30,000 hotel rooms are still vacant. After months of public outcry, the Board of Supervisors called on Mayor Breed to immediately procure 8,250 hotel rooms for unhoused people. So far, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, only 2,7000 rooms have been leased.

We'll also discuss ReclaimSF, a group of housed and unhoused community members who say they are tired of waiting for the city to address the immediate need for housing. They are working to open vacant units for unhoused people.


Quiver Watts, organizer with Reclaim SF and the editor of Street Sheet, a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness

Joe Wilson, executive director and former client of Hospitality House


Web Resources:

SF Chronicle, Anna Bauman: Protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside SF mayor’s home over hotel rooms for homeless

48 Hills, Tim Redmond: Supes denounce mayor’s failure to follow the law

SF Public Press, Brian Howey:  City Kills Plan for Mass Coronavirus Testing in S.F. Homeless Shelters

BuzzFeed News, Amber Jamieson and Jessica Garrison: There Are Thousands Of Empty Hotel Rooms Across The US. Why Can’t Homeless People Use Them Through Quarantine?