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Shelter crisis declared

On March 19, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation introduced by Mayor London Breed declaring a shelter crisis in the city. The legislation, which is scheduled for a second vote on April 2, would expedite the contracting, permitting, and approval process for creating more shelters.

“We need to cut the bureaucracy that delays new shelter from being created in order to get our unhoused residents the care and services they need to help them exit homelessness,” said Breed.

The legislation is cosponsored by Supervisors Vallie Brown, Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, Catherine Stefani, and Shamann Walton. Some of the expedited procedures would remain in effect for five years or until there is a 30 percent reduction in homelessness; other parts of the legislation would expire in January 2021.

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