Two weeks ago I showed how we could end homelessness in San Francisco and save money by giving homes and services to 100% of our homeless. The response so far has been overwhelming, and while some questioned my intentions, no one’s been able to tell me why it can’t be done.
If you recall, the city spends an average of $61,000/yr to care for someone suffering and homeless on the streets. And we can provide 100% of them housing and services at a fraction of that cost. So in it’s most simplified form, ending homelessness is just a matter of re-allocating resources into affordable supportive housing for everyone who needs it.
My conclusion was that we should come together for a town hall event, acting as somewhat of a wakeup call and to start getting us moving on the right track. Since then, I’ve met with city officials, community leaders, and received over 500 signups for the town hall. Thus, along with a group of people who wanted to help, I’ve created the San Francisco Cares team to help make the vision of ending homelessness in San Francisco a reality.
Coming Together to #EndHomelessness in San Francisco
Of course, this is not something my team and I can do alone. That’s why I’m excited to announce we’ll be partnering with Project Homeless Connect, a lynchpin in San Francisco’s homeless community, to bring together the community, research affordable housing options, and organize the #EndHomelessness Town Hall on March 11th. Here, we’ll show the city affordable homeless housing options and help our officials overcome concerns with integrating these solutions with current homeless housing policies.
The #EndHomelessness Town Hall will focus on a single question “How can we best provide shelter and support services to 100% of our homeless community?”
To answer this, we’ll be flying in leaders in affordable housing solutions nationwide to pitch ideas and afterwards we’ll have a fireside chat with civic leaders to hear their thoughts. Throughout the event, the audience will be allowed to ask questions and at the end we’ll have a vote, which officials will review to gauge feedback from the crowd.
If this town hall format seems new, it’s because it is. We’re challenging every part of the system that got us to this point and asking, “is the way we do things now really the best way to do it?”
I believe deep down that we can end homelessness in San Francisco in the near future by finding creative solutions to shelter and support 100% of our homeless. If we’re successful at ending homelessness here, other municipalities will follow our model. There are 2.5 million homeless people in the US and 100 million around the world. We’re fighting to help make San Francisco better for everyone here, but also for all the homeless in the world who aren’t getting the help and services they need to get their lives back together.
I believe deep down that we can end homelessness in San Francisco in the near future by finding creative solutions to shelter and support 100% of our homeless. If we’re successful at ending homelessness here, other municipalities will follow our model. There are 2.5 million homeless people in the US and 100 million worldwide. So remember, while we’re working towards helping the homeless here, we’re also setting an example to everyone worldwide. That’s the San Francisco Cares way.
Right now, this is my plan. I’m sure it has some holes, but investing in an affordable housing ladder for 100% of the homeless is the best comprehensive solution I’ve seen. And just like any plan, this is just the first draft. Something to be built upon.
So if you’ve ever seen the homeless and felt like somehow this isn’t right, that there’s gotta be a better way and it’s time for change, then get ready because this is your chance to be part of the solution.
Sign up for the Town Hall: Be part of this historic event and show the city you care about ending homelessness in San Francisco. Tickets are free with the option to donate towards our event costs if you believe in what we’re doing.
Promote your organization: If you’re involved in a homeless advocacy group or supportive agency, we would love to find a way to integrate your organization at the event. You have been in the trenches fighting for homeless rights and this should be your time to shine. Please contact our organizing partner, Project Homeless Connect, to see what we can do for you
Join San Francisco Cares: We’re building a determined and passionate team of people who operate autonomously at rocket-ship speed. If you’d like to help us solve social problems in affordable, unconventional ways then email firstname.lastname@example.org
More announcements to come. Stay tuned.