Community Clinics Cross Language, Digital Divides to Distribute Vaccine

In addition to mass vaccination sites and pharmacy megachains, coronavirus vaccine is being distributed by community clinics that serve populations where they’ve built strong connections and trust — through language and cultural competency or by serving low-income families. North East Medical Services has multiple clinics in San Francisco and around the Bay Area, serving some 70,000 patients at 10 clinics in the region, many of whom are low-income Chinese speakers. » Read more

Abigail Stewart-Kahn, interim director of San Francisco's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

Advocates Press SF to Fill Supportive Housing Vacancies With People Living on Streets

San Francisco should move people living on the streets to the top of the list for permanent supportive housing, advocates and service providers said Tuesday.

The current system of setting aside all available housing units specifically for homeless people living in shelter-in-place hotels is not proving effective, advocates and city officials said at a hearing of the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance committee. » Read more

Volunteers Built, Run Statewide Vaccine Lookup System

Even for those eligible, it has been difficult to navigate the various coronavirus vaccine sign-up, notification and appointment systems. In response to the disjointed publication of information from various clinics, providers and governments, a group of volunteers with some technical skills collaborated to build a statewide resource for finding vaccine appointments, now known as VaccinateCA. » Read more

A crochet white teddy bear peaks through the window of a family home in the Ingleside neighborhood. The teddy bear wears blue scrubs, a stethoscope and a mask. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its second year, evictions have resumed, and the city’s most vulnerable are bearing the brunt.

Despite Pandemic, New Wave of Court-Ordered Evictions Displacing Poor Tenants

After an eight-month pause, court-ordered evictions in San Francisco have resumed, and they’re coming down hardest on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The Sheriff’s Department has conducted evictions at 33 addresses across the city since the start of November 2020, according to documents obtained through a California Public Records Act request. » Read more

Inside Compass Family Services’ main resource hub.

Though Eligible for Vaccine, Some Homelessness Response Workers Turned Away

People who provide services to homeless individuals and families have become essential workers during the pandemic, often doing their jobs with others in person. While they have been considered health care workers and thus eligible for a vaccine, some have struggled to get them, even being turned away from the city’s vaccination site at Moscone Center. » Read more

The recently renovated Minna Hotel is one of several for sale in San Francisco, which has been notified by more than 70 hotels that they would be willing to sell it their properties.

70 Hotels Could House the Homeless, if San Francisco Buys

More than 70 hotel owners have indicated they are willing to sell their properties to San Francisco, and now is the perfect time to buy some of them, homelessness activists said Wednesday.

News broke this month that San Francisco would receive a full reimbursement for its shelter-in-place hotels from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, dating back to January 2020. » Read more

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To Build Trust, New City Administrator Carmen Chu Wants Transparency, Investment in Economy

Carmen Chu is San Francisco’s new city administrator, which means she is stepping in to a position with wide-ranging and extensive responsibilities — her office comprises more than 25 departments and programs — at a time when the city is under pressure to address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, get residents and workers vaccinated, balance the budget and address a corruption scandal. » Read more