Progress Report on Tenderloin Emergency Initiative

Highlights for the Week Ending February 13, 2022


  • According to this week's operational report, the City held two workshops to revise the operating metrics on the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative. The current seven priority areas will become eight goals, and the new reporting will present data on both the outputs of City programs and the outcomes that residents care about. The City will launch the new reporting within the next three weeks. Until then, the reports will continue to follow the same format as in previous weeks.

  • Felony arrests increased from 35, last week, to 43, this week. The police made 23 arrests for drug sales or possession with intent to sell. The previous weekly high was 17. The amount of narcotics seized -- both total narcotics and fentanyl -- declined slightly from the previous week.

  • This week saw significant growth in the number of people exiting from street sleeping. The City placed 108 people into shelter, up from 58, last week. Two people entered the Homeward Bound program. Since the start of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative, the City has helped 290 people exit street sleeping -- 283 into shelter and 7 through Homeward Bound.

  • With respect to the health emergency, the number of 911 medical calls increased to 314, marking the second week of growth. The City distributed 190 doses of Naloxone, up from 168 doses, last week.

  • The City continued to expand its outreach efforts. Total "meaningful engagements" -- conversations about services that did not lead to a referral -- increased to 1,757, with the Linkage Center contributing 1,354 (77%). Total "referrals" -- conversations in which the client expressed an intention to connect to a service -- increased to 828, with the Linkage Center contributing 450 (54%).

  • This week, the City repaired four sidewalks and three streetlights. The City removed 215 tons of waste, up slightly from last week, and conducted 100 power washings, less than last week.