The mayor, real estate agents and tech companies will say this is good for us, good for our city, hell - that it is good for America. For the 45 to 150 kids a day who rely on the nonjudgmental services, access to therapy and support, warmth, food and sense of place that the alliance has provided for the past 12 years, gentrification of the Haight and San Francisco in general means a lot of things. Law enforcement officers, who already actively harass and degrade the homeless kids, will feel pressured to get even meaner to chase them away. The owners could change their mind and decide that the health and well-being of people who desperately need the space they own has a value that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. Or someone with access to the mayor could convince him that multimillions of dollars in tax breaks for businesses needs to be coupled with funding to ensure the health and well-being of people. Paul Boden is the executive director for the Western Regional Advocacy Project, an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocate for change in governmental housing policies.
Christmas day and a homeless shelter gets evicted. Any angels get their wings? No bells?
Bay area deaths highlight gap between haves and have-nothings … again.
I saw a lot of people seeking sleep/shelter at Happy Donuts when the weather went below freezing near the end of fall quarter. No one worked on a laptop or a notebook. They were just trying to sleep away the cold night. Affordable housing is an ever growing problem here.
kinda fucked up how society teaches that “it’s not fair” is a whiny and childish emotional response to have. what a good way to gloss over the fact that things need to change until they are fair & that distress is a valid emotional response to injustice