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
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.