Mission Resident Opens Her Home to Homeless Man in Need of a Little Help

December 24, 2014 - storage organizer

It started as a summer continue descended on a Mission District: Shabby tents popped adult in clusters of 3 or 4 along residential streets during dusk. Then came a tellurian waste. Then a drug traffic and a thefts.

The noted boost in homeless encampments in a Mission, Potrero Hill and circuitously neighborhoods has led residents to protest of their clarity of powerlessness and distrust with a proliferation of impassioned poverty, soil and crime on their doorsteps.

While a widespread of a encampments is tough to quantify given of a winding enlightenment on a streets, neighbors contend they were confused for a change. Some contend it is due to a mass emigration from a Civic Center and Mid-Market areas as military step adult coercion of a “sit-lie” process that restricts indolence and sleeping on a streets.

BART military have done efforts regulating a sit-lie process to aggressively transparent out Powell and Civic Center stations to keep corridors protected for puncture situations, a San Francisco Chronicle reported in July. The paper also reported that Mayor Ed Lee has done it a priority to purify adult a Mid-Market area. Police Chief Greg Suhr pronounced he “takes orders true from a mayor” and has doubled feet patrols.

So it is no warn that efforts to purify adult one area are changeable these problems to another, where residents contend coercion seems comparatively lax.

“The complaints have been incoming for substantially dual to 3 months now,” pronounced Bevan Dufty, San Francisco’s supposed homelessness czar, during a village entertainment in late September.

Dufty, executive of a city’s Housing Opportunity, Partnerships Engagement program, pronounced a streets of a Mission District are some-more gentle and available for outside vital than areas closer to downtown. “It is protected enough, and seems to work for them adequate that they are peaceful to pierce for an hour,” he said. The clarity of disappointment among residents is palpable. At a village meeting, residents voiced a formidable brew of fear and disgust, and asked city officials and military to repair a problem. But not everybody is frightened of a rising race of homeless people in a neighborhood.

Monica Pereira, an civic planner, owns a home in a three-story renovated Victorian building with her husband. While she agrees that a Mission has turn a “dirty neighborhood,” she pronounced she wanted to change a review to munificence and community. She attended a assembly to see what options were out there for her new residence guest.

Pereira did something few of her neighbors would contemplate: She befriended a homeless man, and finished adult mouth-watering him into a semi-detached room in her home so he could get behind on his feet, request for city and state advantages and talk for jobs. So far, she said, he seems to be creation swell notwithstanding problems removing assistance by a delayed and dysfunctional gratification system.


The city hall-style meeting, orderly by residents of a Mission and Potrero Hill, filled an auditorium during Bonhams auction residence nearby Highway 101. The entertainment served as a height for countless complaints. While officials charity no organisation ideas about solutions, they pronounced they had stepped adult policing, travel cleaning and outreach.

Kane, camping nearby Showplace Square during 15th and Utah streets, says military tell him to pierce from site to site. Sitting or fibbing on a path has been bootleg in San Francisco given Nov 2010, when a infancy of electorate empowered military to fine, and infrequently arrest, people for a offense. (Eric Lawson / San Francisco Public Press)

Kane, camping nearby Showplace Square during 15th and Utah streets, says military tell him to pierce from site to site. Sitting or fibbing on a path has been bootleg in San Francisco given Nov 2010, when a infancy of electorate empowered military to fine, and infrequently arrest, people for a offense. (Eric Lawson/San Francisco Public Press)

On any given day, about 6 tents mount underneath a looming, loud intersection of widespread highways 101 and 80, nestled during a connection of a Mission, SoMa and Potrero Hill. The turnpike overpass offers some insurance from a elements during a colder seasons.

“It’s still during night,” Dufty said. “The people who we talked to who have been camping here contend it’s really protected here, and a people watch out for any other.”

Billy Bean, a Bonhams worker and co-organizer of a meeting, pronounced that while a homeless find reserve there, longtime residents feel a village altogether is apropos reduction safe. He pronounced he perceives a travel race apropos younger and some-more aggressive.

“Now there are broken-into cars, stolen bikes, untrustworthy drug activity and flourishing fear,” Bean said. “It’s some-more a changing of race than an boost of encampments.”

Gregory Dicum, a proprietor of a Mission for 15 years, criticized military Capt. Daniel Perea of Mission Station for not providing adequate feet patrols. He pronounced Perea was “throwing adult his hands” to pardon himself from responsibility.

Perea told Mission Local, a area news website, that “enforcement is ineffective, given it usually temporarily displaces a encampments. Further coercion is not going to scold this.”

“I could go to all these places each day and give tickets to everybody,” he said. “But if we give someone who’s homeless a citation, they’re not gonna stop. And 9 out of 10 times they contend ‘no’ to shelters. We usually have no answer to this.”

But Dicum also conceded that Mission Station was understaffed, and that homelessness was a citywide emanate that could not be addressed by military in usually one neighborhood.

“At a finish of a day, what we trust or think is not adequate to place somebody underneath detain or to take them away,” Capt. Robert O’Sullivan of Bayview Police Station told residents during a village meeting.

But one homeless male by a name of Kane pronounced military mostly “insist” that he pierce from site to site, regulating a 2010 sit-lie law.

The military are also responding to bad spotless conditions on a streets, that are pathetic to residents. Problems embody tellurian feces, used condoms and drug needles, as good as augmenting disadvantage to passionate harassment.

Larry Stringer, executive of operations during a Department of Public Works, pronounced he is organizing “alley crews” to revisit 50 sites a day.

“One of a biggest hurdles when alley crews clean,” he said, is that “the homeless lapse to a 50 sites to make another mess.”

The crews work with a military and Dufty’s organisation during a mayor’s bureau to ask a homeless to leave so they can purify a sidewalks.

But Kane pronounced that notwithstanding a augmenting complaints from neighbors, not most has altered recently in terms of coercion and cleanup.

“We’ve been here off and on for years. They’ve been doing it each day,” he said, adding: “I consternation how most it costs for them to mount around while they watch us pack.”


But a operation of contention about options for traffic with a travel race seems singular to Monica Pereira.

Early in a fall, she took in a homeless male who changed to San Francisco progressing this year. A Venezuelan native, he changed into a “glorified storage room” trustworthy to a garage.

She invited him to stay after assembly him dual or 3 times and training that he had a intensity to get behind on his feet with a tiny bit of help. What assured her was when he asked her to watch his dog while he attended a pursuit interview. She pronounced she hopes her assistance will assistance assist his tour out of homelessness.

“He didn’t demeanour homeless, he looked poor, usually someone in a bad conditions that needs help,” she said.

The male had been vital in San Francisco for about 4 months. Trained as a boxer, he came to quarrel in a United States for a South American fighting bar and stayed. Since then, he has worked peculiar jobs in harassment control and casinos in Las Vegas. While he does have a immature card, Pereira said, he does not have adequate income to request for citizenship.

Pereira concurred that a man’s conditions was unusual, and she had a tummy feeling that she could assistance him.

Pereira also bought a male a train pass and a prepaid cellphone. In return, he sweeps a front yard daily and infrequently cooks normal Venezuelan dishes for Pereira and her husband, Kevin.

The homeless man’s room had splendid blue walls and low ceilings. The full-size bed was done adult neatly. When Pereira non-stop a door, a man’s tiny black dog, Negrita, raced out and jumped on her shins.

The homeless male has been operative with a box manager during a Human Services Agency to get open benefits, though it has been hard. Pereira wrote to a box manager on a man’s behalf, observant she did not wish to assign him for rent, propelling a city to assistance him with housing, “and a job, so that he can support himself.”

City shelters are not an answer for everyone, pronounced Jennifer Friedenbach, executive executive of a San Francisco-based Coalition on Homelessness, an advocacy group. Most of a shelters sparse opposite a city are during ability nightly, charity space usually to about one in 5 homeless people, she said. Those who can't secure spots contingency deflect for themselves.

At a village meeting, Dufty pronounced a complexity of a problem of homelessness defied elementary solutions. “Everyone is an consultant in homelessness,” he said. “You can't do business here, we can't work here, we can't live here but saying a lot of homelessness.”

This story is partial of a special news on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco reported and constructed by KQED News Associate a San Francisco Public Press.

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