SFNext: City residents offer solutions to S.F.’s biggest problems: homelessness, public safety
“The city should treat homelessness like a natural disaster,” said Mark Nagel (co-founder of RescueSF) ... If a natural disaster left...
We believe that when San Francisco residents unite their voices, we can break through the barriers that are unnecessarily prolonging the suffering of unhoused people on our streets and having significant impacts on residential and commercial corridors in our neighborhoods.
RescueSF has built 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 are independent, non-ideological, and non-partisan.
Residents now have a voice and unique opportunity to influence public policy in San Francisco. Below are six initiatives that could help the City implement a more comprehensive and effective approach to addressing homelessness.
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.
Increase the availability of long-term treatment beds for people dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Improve street conditions by offering services and shelter to address open-air drug use and by employing law enforcement to address illegal drug sales.
Use streamlined administrative procedures, flexible financing, and creative construction techniques to produce housing faster and at lower cost.
Improve the City's collection, analysis, and review of data to promote greater accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in the City’s policies.
Provide a resident backbone throughout the Bay Area to support intergovernmental cooperation.
Policy Initiatives Highlights (click for more details)