San Francisco Rent Relief Tracker

UPDATE 9/20/21 1:00 p.m. This is the latest installment in a series tracking financial assistance to San Franciscans with rent debt. We’ll aim to publish updated figures each week.

With less than two weeks remaining in the moratorium on COVID-19-related evictions, requests for rent assistance have climbed above $130 million in San Francisco. » Read more

Kathy Setian, using a walker, boards the J Church train in Noe Valley.

Transit Advocates Celebrate Muni, Flaws and All

This article is adapted from our “Civic” podcast. Click the audio player to hear the full story.

After making a nearly hourlong trip with two transfers across three transit lines to cover 2.2 miles, Kathy Setian was not going to join a rally to mark Transit Month at City Hall. » Read more

Wildfires, like the 2018 Carr Fire pictured, are one of the climate threats California may increasingly face in the coming years and that climate action plans are meant to address.

Battling Despair Over a New Climate Change Reality

As wildfires rage, unprecedented heat waves kill and cities are drowned in heavy rain, climate dread is turning to climate grief for many people. 

Dr. Robin Cooper, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, told “Civic” that the constant wildfires and air pollution in California have caused some of her patients to become overwrought with grief. » Read more

A map of San Francisco shows central and southern neighborhoods marked in red. In the early 20th century, San Francisco’s central and southeastern neighborhoods were redlined, meaning designated as high risk, leaving their residents less likely to obtain government-backed mortgage loans than residents of other areas. A recent study suggests their residents now face higher risks from pollution.

State Report Links Redlining and Pollution Threats

San Francisco neighborhoods the federal government targeted with racist lending practices face the greatest health threats from pollution, a recent state study found.

The California Environmental Protection Agency analyzed the latest pollution data in historically redlined neighborhoods, where people of color were denied mortgage loans under federal policies, in the report finalized in August. » Read more

Local Veterans Reflect on ‘Moral Obligation’ to Afghans

After the Taliban took over the Afghan government, a massive evacuation effort began, but thousands are still waiting at the airport in Kabul. Tyler Solorio, an Army veteran deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and a policy analyst for the veterans nonprofit Swords to Plowshares, said the U.S. » Read more

Evacuees from Afghanistan arrive at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, on an aircraft crewed by Air National Guard members on Aug. 23, 2021.

Organizers Rush to Help Afghan Refugees in Bay Area

Update, Aug. 25 & 26: This story has been updated with additional aid group references and links.

Farhad Yousafzai, who came to the United States in 2014 on a Special Immigrant Visa and has worked with refugee organizations since then, said refugees are arriving in the Bay Area from Afghanistan in dire need of everything — a place to stay, a shower, health care, a change of clothes for the first time in 10 days.  » Read more

Mission High School on 18th St.

Educators Excited, Exhausted, as School Resumes in Person

School is back in session, with students and staff in classrooms. Some students have not returned to campus in more than a year. Distance learning and hybrid schedules were taking their toll on students, teachers and parents. Now, nearly everyone is back, though school looks a little different with pandemic precautions like universal indoor masking in place. » Read more