Despite the clear need for a 24-hour drop-in center for homeless people to get off the streets and out of the elements, Buster’s Place was still put on the bloody budget block and closed its doors yesterday at 5 p.m.
For weeks, staff at Buster’s have been counseling the 150 to 200 people they see everyday on different places to go. Read more »
The sign on the door speaks the truth to the 200 people who pass through it everyday: "Buster's Place/13th Street Drop-In will be permanently closing Monday March 31 at 5 p.m."
Will, a trim, soft-spoken man seated inside Buster's on a Monday afternoon, reading a paper and waiting for his laundry to finish spinning, says that starting April 1, "The street is going to be where I go. Read more »
We hope. We really hope. After nearly two years of collaboration from a variety of homeless service providers, city officials, and activists, the standards of care legislation for city-funded homeless shelters was finally passed in a quick roll call vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 18.
The legislation is considered a major victory for homeless rights advocates and groundbreaking for homeless programs across the country. Read more »
EDITOR'S NOTE Guardian reporter Amanda Witherell and intern Bryan Cohen spent almost a week staying in various San Francisco homeless shelters. To get an unfiltered look at the conditions, they didn't identify themselves as journalists, so some names in this story have been changed to protect people's privacy. Read more »