San Francisco Chronicle
This proposal, though, needs a reality check. The sidewalk move-along order hinges on finding a bed in the city’s oversubscribed shelters. If there’s no slot available, then the 24-hour notice to leave won’t take effect.
San Francisco Examiner
The measure’s impact, however, is challenged by basic math. In the last point-in-time homeless count, there are some 6,700 homeless in The City, of which half live on the streets.
This type of anti-homeless, quality-of-life law is not effective in reducing homelessness. In May, a report by the city’s budget analyst found that enforcement of the city’s 36 quality-of-life laws cost more than $20m, while the number of unsheltered homeless continued to rise.
What about Prop R?
—not any more foot patrol officers.
This measure was put on the ballot without the consent of the Police Commission. It sets no standards for community policing or how to reform the department that still has much work to do to build relationships with our diverse communities–relationships that are central to neighborhood safety.
Prop R will NOT get people referred to shelters
Mandating police officers to respond to homelessness is counterproductive. According to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, the City is spending $20.6 million criminalizing people forced to sleep on the streets. They suggest shifting these efforts away from police and towards other departments.
Criminalization does not end homelessness
San Francisco’s homeless policy and the broader debate has been primarily focused on enforcement. Last year, the City gave out 27,000 citations to homeless folks, of which 14,000 were simply for resting. We already have the highest number of anti-homeless laws in the state—36. Homelessness has only increased.