We have a crisis on our streets.
Why aren't we acting like it?

Homelessness is San Francisco’s most urgent problem. While our city spends vast resources on homelessness every year, the crisis rages on. San Francisco needs to treat homelessness as an emergency and institute bold and urgent measures, just as the City did with Covid.            


RescueSF is a citywide coalition of residents advocating for compassionate and effective solutions to homelessness in San Francisco. We are engaged with more than 45 neighborhood associations and community benefit districts across all eleven of the city’s electoral districts.


We have created a unique opportunity for residents to influence public policy in San Francisco.  We are independent, non-ideological, and non-partisan, and we are guided by data and best practices.  Below are six policy initiatives that could help the City implement a more comprehensive and effective approach to addressing homelessness.


Number of homeless people in San Francisco

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    The ordinance would require the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to prepare an implementation plan within three months, including an estimate of how many people would be expected to accept shelter in the City and the cost of providing shelter for all people willing to accept it.

End Street Sleeping

Use transitional shelter cabins to bring people off the streets, today, and provide robust supportive services to help people find permanent paths out of homelessness.

Address Behavioral Health Needs

Increase the availability of long-term treatment beds for people dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Stop Open-Air Drug Trafficking & Usage

Improve street conditions by offering services and shelter to address open-air drug use and by employing law enforcement to address illegal drug sales.

Keep People Housed

Use streamlined administrative procedures, flexible financing, and creative construction techniques to produce housing faster and at lower cost.

Improve Data Management

Improve the City's collection, analysis, and review of data to promote greater accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in the City’s policies.

Promote Regional Cooperation

Provide a resident backbone throughout the Bay Area to support intergovernmental cooperation.

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