in this section, I wanted to
talk about poverty, particularly poverty in relationship to
homelessness. In san francisco, this is
probably the single most vexing issue that divides the best of
san francisco and arguably at times of the worst, the issue of
homelessness and panhandling. People come to visit the city,
and, inevitably, they say is a beautiful city.
What are you doing about the issue of panhandling and
homelessness? And sometimes, the interchange
the two, and I want to talk about that, – and sometimes,
and they interchange the two, and I want to talk about that,
because panhandling is not the same thing as homelessness.
We believe fundamentally that fujisawa’
s hunker, that shelter – we believe fundamentally that
food is also under – food solves hunger.
We’ d better solve the housing
problem if we’ re going to have
an impact. We have a 10-year plan to end
chronic homelessness in san francisco.
a lot of areas have adopted similar plans, and we are
looking at the leadership of others on the plan that we think
have done an outstanding job in a very short period of time, and
let me be specific about what that job entails.
Today, some 8593 people are off the streets since we started.
I am very proud of this. We have gotten over 8500 people
off of the street. Specifically, through one
program. Remember, almost everybody said
it could not be done, converting cash to guaranteed assets and
services. we have done that for literally
2434 people, and we have initiated a program that has
reduced our total caseload, and that is why the number on the
left is high, but otherwise, we have reduced our caseload 83%.
24 people have the dignity of a key and a lot at a house,
because we had the courage not to listen to all of those
experts at city hall, and we moved in a different direction,
and I am proud that we did. – 24 people have the dignity of
a key and a lock and a house. they are getting adequate care
in the form of housing. Now, of course, we need to do
more. We need to advance other
initiatives to get as to those 10-year goals, and that
includes helping the chronically homeless, and that is the most
difficult part, actually building out new units.
we do this in two ways. We build units, or we rehab old
units. When I started in 2004, 2005, we
had 408 units for the chronically homeless in the
city. By the way, that was a lot
according to state standards and national standards.
Look at where we are today. 2076.
The number leased, the no. 0 and
umber owned. these are the ones we are
committing to in the new year. This is in spite of a lot of the
budgetary constraints, and this is something that we are very
proud of, and in san francisco, we think everyone should be
proud of this. Compared to where we were, we
are making a lot of progress. there had been the individual
homeless that have been housed, and we have seen almost a to 1%
increase in four years in the number of homeless that our
house. – we have seen almost a 200%
increase. We are well on our way to
reaching our 10-year gold to end chronic homelessness in the
city. Here are how we are doing it and
some more specifics. – we are well on our way to –
are 10-year goal – well on our way to reaching our 10-year
goal. We have this new stock of
housing that is all coming on- line in the next year or two.
Let’ s be specific.
This one came on line earlier this year.
This is a building for seniors that opened in March, 20 units,
specifically for the chronically homeless with support services,
80 and its overall. The hotel, which opened just –
which will open in just a few weeks, is a building for our
human service agency. That specifically will serve our
housing outreach team. i will talk about them in a
minute. They are reaching out and
lifting other people up, it getting them into programs, but
so often, we do not have housing, and now we will have
housing. – they are reaching out and
lifting other people up, getting them into programs.
2009 is an exciting year. 50 units for the chronically
homeless. This one is 31 units for seniors
and for families. This other is 83 units, and this
mission family house is 44 units for homeless families, and i
want to talk about homeless families in one second, as well,
but first, let’ s talk about
women and seniors and then families.
Increased support for homeless women.
We have a building that is now going to be up and running.
There is a picture of that building, and that is, to be
exclusively targeted for women. we need to do more for homeless
women, but we are going to be making a real investment in this
next year. The seniors, some of those
housing units I just showed you, a new one in 2010, another new
one, of course, which is the big one, the institute on aging
finally opening up in 2010, and finally, another one in 2010, as
well, so seniors are a big part of the commitment, not just
women and not just, again, single adults.
I hear all of the time. we are not doing enough for
homeless families. It does not get the attention
that chronically homeless individuals do.
You can see here that this is opening up in 2009.
We have got the mission district and this other opening up in
early 2009, and this is 131 new affordable homes by the end of
2009 for homeless families. We have got a specific goal
working at the mayor’ s office
with a goal of 3100 housing units targeted, affordable
housing units, in the next few years.
I will talk about that in a moment.
this is the most vexing and challenging, homeless families,
and the city is beginning to step up.
Again, still a drop in the bucket.
We can do better, but a lot of exciting things happening.
In addition to that housing, we’
re also doing the rental subsidy program.
The director of housing, or rather the hsa, human services
agency, is doing a really outstanding job promoting this
program with the department, promoting similar programs for
these rental subsidies, $2.30 million in short-term rental
subsidies. That will help pay to keep
people housed in the first place.
We have other subsidies that are being provided for other
families. You can see here, this is a
program that some have criticized as being imperfect,
but I am very proud that this program has made an impact
on the number of lives that you see referenced here.
when I started, there was no homeless outreach teams, no one
going not to actively get people off of the streets.
When I started, and there was zero.
We now will have 38 hour reach workers in the new year.
Here is why it matters. take a look at this slide.
This is the work they were doing.
3071 clients. We’
re going to double it. – 371 clients.
They are getting primary care, benefits, housing.
More outreach workers, more people’
s lives change, more people lives turned around.
That is why these teams are so important, and that is why we
are so committed. We need this to augment the
house in our reach with more volunteers.
– we need this to augment the housing out reach – outreach
with more volunteers. When people would ask me what I
am doing, I would say, “what are you doing?”
it was a way of saying we should engage together and be part of
the solution. The problem is that we did not
have any place to send them, and that is why we started the
program project homeless connect.
We have had many volunteers, 18,600 volunteers.
Again, I am so confident in barack obama, in his inaugural
address, he is going to talk about the spirit of volunteers,
part of the renewal of our country.
Well, come out to san francisco. Almost 20,000 volunteers.
We have had dozens and dozens of projects.
Look at this. 2006 hundred 85 people have
moved off of the streets. – 2685 people.
Methadone treatment. People in housing.
It has been transforming. It has been replicated in 100
plus cities across the country. it is just something that I
could not be more proud of and something that I just want to
take the time to think the citizens of san francisco for
supporting – I want to thank the citizens of sanford’
s is go for supporting – the citizens
of san francisco for supporting and helping, especially some of
the company’ ies that have come
forward, salesforce. Com, smg, and I could go on.
A lot of great folks. You know who you are.
Thank you. Another thing we need to do as
we move into the new year is to deal with the street population,
not just with teams going out and tried to bring people in,
but we also need to change people’
s behavior. – not just with teams going out
and trying to bring people in. It is not right to be aggressive
panhandling, to take their kids in a stroller and have needles
in the park, or to have the inability to actually get into a
car or vehicle because people have shopping carts there.
Look, I understand the sensitivities on both sides,
but, again, there needs to be a reciprocal relationship.
That is why we instituted a work group, 18 members of the
coalition on homelessness, members from faith-based groups,
and they all came together, and they said, look.
Let’ s positively focus on the
way we can reduce these issues and make our sidewalks available
to everyone, without being too punitive, without giving people
citations in and out of the justice system, and without
stopping any problems. We looked at creating special
enforcement zones, drug-free zones, to deal with the quality
of life issues and other issues. I think a lot of parts in our
city of where we can do more and do better.
We are looking at prioritizing treatment in these areas,
prioritizing with our outreach workers access to services,
again trying to create an opportunity to again be
sensitive and thoughtful. One of the areas we are looking
at is an alcohol program where there are a lot of liquor
stores. Selling liquor at 6:00 in the
morning or giving payday loans, where you are basically using
the resources to become a bank, and the only thing you are
distributing its credit to get out all – the only thing you
are distributing its credit to give out alcohol – the only
thing you are distributing is credit.
This is having a dilatory effect on people’
s lives. – and negative effect on
people’ s lives.
It is too early to tell if it will be a big success, but it is
something we initiative ed in
2008. We did something that parking
meters. We promoted it, and a lot of
people made fun of it and said it was a terrible idea.
The idea was to use those parking meters where you put a
quarter in, and instead of giving that to a panhandler, we
give it to a program that can help them with their lives.
We did it as an anchor. Giving change is not making
change, talking about giving out money to panhandlers, and here
is the reality, overwhelmingly, not exclusively, but
overwhelmingly. That money is not being used for
its advertised purpose. It is just not.
It is killing people. They will give their last dollar
to shoot that dollar up, and they are dead.
You do not see it as you walk away or drive away.
You feel good, but, in fact, you have not done anything really
good. Sometimes, the responsibility is
more than just handing out money and walking away from the
problem. Getting rid of the urge to give
the money out on the spot – look, I am not immune to this
either. Giving change is not making
change program is an alternative strategy.
This is a way in which actually turns their lives around.
It should not be a profession. There is a poverty issue that
is underlying panhandling. Not all panhandlers are
homeless, but that means that we recognize their behavior.
Some of them have substance abuse issues, and there are
behavioral issues. We can help support, but we
cannot do it if people keep giving out a quarter or 50 cents
or $5 a ton dollars. Again, good intentions does not
always produce the best results. That is part of this program and
strategy. – or $5 or $10.
This is why we did the safe streets strategy.
This is why we need help in terms of addressing some of the
street behavior. we do all of these citations.
This is disproportionately in one area of the city that has
challenges and problems. Most other parts of the city, it
is an issue of manga certain
areas. this is what this is focusing
Alcohol. You have got panhandling.
There you are. 1242.
That is aggressive panhandling. People running you down when you
go to the theater. they May be a little tipsy, and
they May not notice what they are doing.
There are some doing the right thing, but, again, there are
some that are not, and we cite them.
When we keep doing that, nothing gets done.
We need to do more and do better.
Again, that is the idea. we need to get them into places
like medical respite centers. This is a big deal in the new
year. 80 beds will be opening up
complying with the americans with disabilities act.
This is a comprehensive program. The respite center is something
that we have been talking about for two years.
finally, we will be funding them in the new year.
I taught that this center in other parts of the presentation.
– I talked about the center. This is important.
Rather than having people being cited for quality of life
issues, rather than having people cited for going in and
out, nothing inherently changing their lives, never getting the
programs they need or deserve, and now we have an area.
This is an area that solves problems, not just a criminal
justice system, but solves problems by having a superior
court and a wonderful partnership with the city,
building capacity and connecting people in this area that is,
again, the area that is dominant by these dots, where we
can begin to address these people’
s lives in a substantive and meaningful way in a
partnership with the community. I recognize that the voters in
san francisco did not want us to permanently commit the funding
for the kennedy justice court. They wanted us to look at this
on an annual basis. – for the community justice
court. I understand that.
We have already got holding cells that are being built.
We have already signed the lease.
We are already to go. we have to prove ourselves, and
this will be a huge success story, where lives are truly
going to be saved. Lives will be turned around in
the new year, so that is something where we are making
some progress. Another area where we look
forward to making progress in the new year is redesigning our
shelter system. Shelters also homelessness, but
you still need shelter for housing.
I do not think that our shelters are worth much.
I think they are lousy in almost every way.
They are unsanitary. They are unsafe, and they do not
do anything from my perspective substantive.
Again, if it is just that dealing with a few hours of
sleep you need every night, that is fine, but that is no reason
to be spending tens of millions of dollars every year, which we
are, so this is an opportunity by redesigning them and making
them more of a part of our new continuum of care, linking
housing to the shelters, linking real programs to the
shelters, making drop-in centers, and focusing a 24-hour
seven-day-a-week program, doing them 24 hours a day, and doing
smaller versions of project homeless connect at the
shelters. We have new providers that will
be selected in just a couple of months, January 2009, and new
services next year, so, again, this was part of 2008, and it
will be going forward in 2009, and is something I am very
excited about. Where is all of the money coming
from for all of this? local money, state money, and
the federal government has been very friendly to the cities in
terms of this. Because we have demonstrated
capacity and commitment to demonstrate results, we have
seen the result of more money coming into our city, $13
million that we were receiving in 2004, $24 million, almost
twice as much in the fiscal year.
That is a big increase in financial spending, and I am
very proud of that. We went to keep that going, and
President Obama, versus President Bush, it will be much
easier to get funding for anti- poverty programs, and that
should be targeted at homeless individuals.
It has not gotten a lot of attention in the national
debates, but homelessness is a manifestation of poverty in its
most acute terms. It is not just public housing.
It is not just working poor. It is out on the streets and
sidewalks, and we are desperate for washington to recognize this
and support our efforts. We think the people doing a
great job at hud, and we look for it to them having a boss and
is truly committed. – we think the people doing a
great job there – we thank the people doing a great job at hud,
and we look forward to them having a boss that is truly
committed. in 2004, we had just four case
managers. Today, we are looking for having
over 16 case managers. There is actually a few more,
but full-time case managers, 16. In 2004, they dealt with to
wander the applications. In 2009- again, this is just
the beginning of the new year. We project 1152.
– they dealt with 200 applications.
This is going back to 2005. Maccallum modest it was compared
to where we are today. – look how modest it was.
Thank you to the director of homeless services.
Thank you to the entire team for making will progress.
Thank you to our friends at the department of public health.
this is a smart investment, and I agree with them, and this is
an area where we can increase each other – embrace each
other. We can still do this also with
food stamps. This is not the way government
should work. The government needs to get out
on the streets. That is what we have been doing
with our food stamp our reach. As a consequence, – are food
stamp outreach – our food stamp outreach.
We have almost 16,000, and we have increased the caseload.
By going out in the lines, giving people eligible to fill
of the application, and drawing down those federal dollars.
They’ re either not aware of it
or do not necessarily know how to access it, and that has been
a big part of our effort in the last several years be and
another thing we can do is get to a whole new level by
automating all of our programs. – that has been a big part of
our effort in the last several years.
Another thing we can do is get to a whole new level by
automating all of our programs. You fill out one of your form,
and all of your eligibility, all of your specific needs, – you
fill out one form, and it is preprinted and printed out for
you. Bank of san francisco free
checking accounts, whether you are eligible for free loan
programs, eligible for everything.
You can imagine a working families tax credit, school
lunch program, all of these things we want to put this in
one database. There has been a commitment of
over five and thousand dollars, not only to connect all of
those – there has been a commitment of over $500,000, not
only to connect all of those dots in one location, but in
other parts of the state, so we are all sharing the same
database, and the computers are connecting the benefits with
similar people so that we can maximize utilization that is
something – so that we can maximize utilization.
That is something we have been working on to expand and
promote, something again I think that will pay great dividends in
the future. foster care, another area.
We have been fighting hard on foster care reform.
We know we can do more and better, and we have been doing
more and doing better. 2222 people.
Now, we are down to 1592. You can see the biggest subset
of that reduction, 31.7%, is the number of african-americans on
that case load. Foster care is part of poverty
eradication. – african americans on that
caseload. This is something that we are
proud of. We still have to get it really
down. it is still not where we need to
be. You can see that one of the ways
we are doing that is we are keeping families together.
Look at where we were way back in the 1980′
s, where we had foster care that was completely
disconnected. Again, subset, african-american
community, where we were not connected with families like we
are connecting with families now.
We have been able to keep families together in an
unprecedented way in the last number of years.
We have been doing, as well, not only keeping families together,
but we have also been increasing transitional housing
opportunities for you. Take a look at this live right
here. 31 transitional housing when we
started. – take a look at this slide
right here. We’
re up to 134 transitional housing units for foster care
youths. We have continued in the last
few years, and we will continue in the coming years to keep
people with their families, have reduced the case load by doing
that, and continuing to provide more.
– help reduce the caseload by doing that.
Between 2005 and 2010 in san francisco, the most ambitious
housing bill in our city’ s
history. Well, to sy is
ay is not to do, so where are we?
some 7238 housing units. There are many others in
construction. We are well on our way to not
just meeting this ambitious goal but to succeed in it.
We have seen the start investment in affordable housing
in the city. This is something that does not
get much attention. – we have seen a startling
investment in affordable housing in this city.
Take a look. Even though we have had budget
deficits, a look at this. It ratcheted up.
– take a look at this. this is near its historic high.
We are making the investment, not as building housing, but
affordable housing, that is being subsidized through our
inclusionary housing program, and this is producing this type
of housing funding or this affordable housing funding.
you can see that the production is 4030 affordable housing units
completed since 2004. I am not aware – I do not mean
to suggest that I am absolutely right about this, but I do not
know another time in our city’ s
history where we have developed more housing for people in all
income levels than we are currently building in san
francisco. There is the price issue and
elasticity issue, but look at what we have done.
More than ever. We are committed to this in the
future. one of the areas where we are
absolutely going to do more and do better is the issue of
funding for public housing. This is a major statistic.
I used this in last year’ s state
of the city presentation. Here is the national – this is
for all of the public housing in the entire country.
Along the lines of what we have done in certain areas, etc..
The entire federal budget is $94.50 million for the united
states of america. Here is what we did last year.
$95 million. We put more money into our local
budget than the entire federal budget put into their federal
budget, and we did that because we wanted to replicate the
success of these places. We wanted to replicate the
success. We want to do that because we
have a backlog for needs and repairs, deferred maintenance at
our public sites. We need to do a better job.
We are going to start using a portion of that $100 million by
rebuilding one area at the point.
This is where the old power plant was, now gone.
This is a site where 267 units were, and we will convert that
to mixed housing units, with a senior center and child-care
center on site. There will be parks, open space,
playgrounds, and job creation opportunities, etc.
This is what it is all about, and this is what the next
President Needs to be doing more of.
We need to refund this. San francisco should not be
doing this on its own. We thank all of the board for
supporting this. At least 10 of 11 of them, for
whatever reason one opposed it, but we are committed and are
very fortunate to have the funding to go forward because of
their leadership. Here are some of the things we
have been doing at the housing authority.
Look. I am not satisfied.
We have a new director. I think he is doing an
outstanding job. you can see some of the work he
has been doing. Many apartments had been
repaired. They have gone back on line.
The problem is that hud has done some reports, and it is
basically a troubled status right now.
It is not where it needs to be. We have said seven issues,
claims issues. We recognize that we have to do
more and do better. – we have had a settlement
issues – had settlement issues, claims issues.
We need to do some of the basic things at our public housing
facilities, as well. it is the federal government
that runs this housing. They are just not stepping up to
the plate. You can see what some of those
dollars have done. Here are the before and after
photographs from the program. We are putting wi-fi in all of
the housing projects, as well. You can see here that a big part
of this project is that we have got this that we are doing in
several locations, and we are doing all of the housing sites.
The goal is to have over 2000 low income housing sites with
free wi-fi, working with a partnership with a network of
partners, as well, that are doing wi-fi.
In a partnership with google and org flink – google and
earthlink, over 55,000 individuals now accessing this
in said francisco alone. – in san francisco alone.
This is focusing our investment and having all of our public
housing completely wi-fi-ed in just a few months.
At least 20 will be there by the end of the month.
In addition we have developed a strategy to provide over 1,081
refurbished computers that local businesses and nonprofits to
address the need not just to access with the internet through
wifi technology but also to have the hardware.
Minimum wage, take a look at this slide.
The second highest minimum wage in the united states of america.
$9.79 next month. No other city in the united
states does more with their minimum wage.
Working families, tax credits to allow families to keep more of
what they earn. We think we’re the only place to
have the income tax credit. Families have taken advantage of
the working families tax credit and it is making a big
difference. 10-plus million more in federal
income tax credit since we initiated the local program so
it promotes the federal program at the same time we promote
giving working families more of what they earn.
24rks714 accounts when we started we were hoping to have
about 10,000 accounts on an annual basis.
The last few months 24,714. We have 17 different banks and
credit unions that are part of this.
It is now a national motto. the suarez administration, –
the afternoon arson administration.
80% of accounts are in good standing.
It is also dealing with assets and toing on people stabilizing
their lives. speaking differently about
savings and thinking differently about their lives and getting
credit history troice improve and creating more stability in
their lives. I want to cisneros for his
leadership. This is a program that we should
be proud of. speaking of that, we all have
when we’re born a birth tax, that is this national debt that
we’re all born with. I want to do a version of a baby
barn. I think every child should be
born with a bank account, a trust fund.
We start and through their lives we match that savings and create
private sectors, the nonpublic sector, to donate to their
children’s fund, we call it the futures fund.
Really focus on getting people ahead and moving ahead.
This is something in 2009 I’m absolutely committed to.
i announced it last year in January at the inaugural for my
second term. We have not deviated from this
eximent as we are advancing our whole network of networks.
To take all of these programs that are in silos and connect
them together identifying families risk and deal with
people in house or on the cusp of falling into poverty.
Communities of opportunity again something again we’re proud of,
modeled after the – and which ever – finally, family -.
Issues of cost, affordability, housing, affordable housing,
family friendly housing, education, I hope you look at to
talent of this to see what we’re doing with education and early
childhood education and preschool programs and what
we’re doing with hope six and most impactful thing dwoke is
invest in rebuilding public housing.
We can see the working tax credits, the benefit programs,
the partnerships. All of these are areas
addressing families. We have a family council.
We have focused a lot of time and attention on this.
In the next few months I’ll be announcing some of the next
steps on the family and a lot of progress is being made and a
very tough issue because it was 1970’s that we have lost the
middle class in our city. Since the 1970’s we’ve started
to see families leave our city. We are committed to doing a
better job on that. Finally on that point we have
put together an african-american flight task force.
Looking at african-american family s that areleaving our
city in disproportion ath numbers.
A dom nat number are african-american families.
Specific recommendation of strategy to deal with
african-american flight. That’s subtotal of some of the
work we’re doing on poverty. Families, homelessness and the
like. I’m proud of the efforts.
I’m proud of some of the accomplishment and the
benchmarks into the new year and the commitments we made.
i think 2009 is going to be best year yet in spite of the
economic conditions I think the city is doing as well or better
than any big city in america. We can do more.
We hope we have a partner in the white house to do more and
expect we’re going to have more relief into the next few years
with a democratic congress and a new president.