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Nonprofit Sector Expected to Shrink Due to Pandemic

George Koster, host of the podcast and radio show “Voices of the Community,” returned to “Civic” to talk about new research on how the nonprofit sector is faring during the pandemic and share stories from nonprofit leaders he has interviewed about how they’re handling current economic challenges. Nationwide, nonprofit organizations represent the third largest job sector, with 1.3 million nonprofits employing more than 13 million people. According to recent research by Candid — an organization that conducts research about and manages databases and other tools for nonprofits and the philanthropic sector — based on a several scenarios, some 34,000 nonprofit organizations are likely to close due to the pandemic, with a worst-case scenario projecting nearly 120,000 closures across the U.S. Koster spoke with representatives from Candid about their research. “In California, the median is around 1,525, nonprofits that would go out,” Koster said. “And then in their worst-case scenario, around 42,013, nonprofits would go out — would just literally go away.”

Koster looked into research on local nonprofit arts organizations.

Jackie Fielder

SF Poised to Work on Blueprint for Creating a Public Bank

The idea of putting public dollars in the hands of a public bank rather than corporate financial institutions, which invest them in other ventures, has enjoyed some fresh momentum at the beginning of 2021. After state legislation paved the way for public banks in 2019, Supervisor Dean Preston has authored a bill that would create a working group to figure out how to create a public bank in San Francisco. » Read more

The Seneca Hotel, which offers permanent supportive housing for homeless people, has 27 vacant rooms.

1 in 10 SF Housing Units for Homeless Sit Vacant

Nearly one in every 10 of San Francisco’s permanent supportive housing units — earmarked for people experiencing homelessness — is sitting empty.

The number of vacant units has climbed 58% since September and represents 9.9% of the permanent supportive housing stock. » Read more

‘Deluged’ With Calls From Jobless Constituents, Chiu Pushes EDD Reform

Bills are piling up for many unemployed Californians, who in December numbered 1.7 million. But rampant fraud and subsequent investigations, along with technical problems, at the Employment Development Department, have made it difficult for some to access their benefits. Hundreds of thousands of the benefits cards issued by Bank of America have been frozen in an attempt to block fraudsters, and it can take painfully long to get hold of someone with the Employment Development Department, or the companies it works with, to help.  » Read more

Society of Professional Journalists

Public Press Reporter and Editor Honored With SPJ NorCal Excellence in Journalism Awards

For its 35th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, recognized Public Press reporter Brian Howey with an Ongoing Coverage award for his reporting and critique of San Francisco’s systems supporting the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic, including:

“43% of Emergency Hygiene Facilities for S.F. » Read more

Love Notes, Care Packages as Film Fest Reflects on Homelessness

At this year’s SF Urban Film Fest, several programs examining homelessness include activities in which participants will be asked to connect with perfect strangers. In one case, they’ll be prompted to write love notes or put together care packages. One of the films around which the events are arranged, “Quarantine Diary,” is a self-documentary about life in an RV produced by multimedia journalist Yesica Prado, which she produced as part of “Driving Home: Surviving the Housing Crisis” in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Press and CatchLight. » Read more

Despite Vaccine Shortage, City to Expand Eligibility

Teachers, child care workers, police, firefighters and food service and agricultural workers will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in San Francisco beginning Feb. 24. 

Mayor London Breed said Tuesday the city was ready to move past the current plan that limits vaccinations to health care workers and those over 65 years of age.  » Read more

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SF Fund for Undocumented Immigrants Has Disbursed Millions, but Thousands of Applicants Wait

Undocumented workers who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are ineligible for certain kinds of government relief, including federal stimulus checks. Within months of the first shelter-in-place order, organizers had created Undocufund SF and raised more than $1 million to distribute in the form of relief checks to immigrant workers and families without authorization. » Read more

A vaccination site opened in the Mission District on Feb. 1, 2021.

Mission Vaccination Site Opens to Serve ‘Those Closest to the Pain’

The Mission District now has a neighborhood coronavirus vaccination center, steps away from a testing center. Launching it was a collaborative effort among the city, the community-based Latino Task Force and the University of California, San Francisco. On Tuesday, some residents of the Bayview were able to get vaccinated at a Bayview pop-up site. » Read more