SF promises a dedicated patrol to monitor temporary homeless shelter

first_img“Supervisor, will you allow them to do drugs and alcohol in the center? Because if you’re not, they are going to be on our front steps, on my back yard fence, doing their drugs, snorting their coke and shooting up,” the woman said.Navigation Centers, currently operating at 1950 Mission St. and at the Civic Center Hotel, are focused on giving clients onsite services, a case management program and fewer rules than regular shelters. They are designed to get people off the streets, but in many cases those who enter chose to return to the streets or discover that the housing being offered is another shelter stay. The majority of those who get housing, do so by accepting a ticket home.“Stop being afraid of human beings – these are people too,” said Equipto, a local rapper and and activist. “The only way this homeless thing will get some closure is if you residents [stop] being so scared and deal with the homeless people hand in hand, face to face.”Jeff Kositsky, the city’s director of Homelessness and Supportive Housing estimated the Mission has 400 homeless residents. Citywide, the number is between 6,600 and nearly 10,000 depending on the count criteria.The math on homeless housing underscores the endurance of those numbers. The city has more than 6,000 units of housing specifically for homeless individuals, but only 400 of those units turnover every year.Police have said that they will not address homelessness with increased enforcement. But Ronen said some 60 percent of the calls for service received by Mission Police Station concern tent encampments or activity associated with them.She said that the area around the Navigation Center will be monitored by a dedicated police patrol, along with 24-hour security at the site.An outdoor recreation space built into the center’s design, said Ronen, will hamper loitering around its premises.Mission District Captain Bill Griffin said that a combination of officers on bicycles and in cars will focus on the area during the center’s existence.“Walking beats are good for engaging the community, but in this instance I want them to be able to cover that [four square block] area quickly,” said Griffin. The city leaders also promised that they would provide surrounding residents with a point of contact at the center.But some neighbors who opposed the center pressed on. “What’s Mayor Ed Lee going to do to remove the tents of the people who don’t want to be [at the Navigation Center?” One woman, who spoke for a small group that had formed in opposition, wanted to know.The woman also inquired about the proposed Navigation Center’s exit plan for clients, once the center is shut down to make way for the housing project.In the end, the goal is to get people into permanent housing. Kositsky said the 120-bed center would have some 50 rent subsidies available for people who were close to getting off the streets but needed a financial boost to do so. The center would also offer on-site social services, storage, showers, and meals to between 250 and 350 adults.“We need places of safety for people,” said Jason Albertson, who directs the city’s Encampment Resolution Team. “Having an entry point for care is extremely important.”A local lawyer and activist, Brooke Oliver, agreed. “About 30 years ago I was homeless – people helped me get back on my feet, go to college, go to law school,” said Oliver. “That is why I’m successful and standing here with a roof over my head.”Oliver wasn’t alone in her experience – one supporter said that he was evicted from his Mission District home last year and called the proposed Navigation Center “the best thing that’s been happening [in this neighborhood].”Another man who addressed city leaders said that he and his wife are currently “three months out from homelessness.”Despite giving their constituents a second opportunity to publically speak on the matter – a first meeting was held on April 25 and drew nearly twice as many people – city leaders on Thursday made it clear that they plan on forging ahead with the temporary conversion of 1515 South Van Ness into a shelter.The Navigation Center is set to run for about nine months, until a mixed-use housing development slated for construction on the property breaks ground early next year.“The work could start as soon as tomorrow,” said Ronen in reference to the construction of the Navigation Center, which is currently pending lease negotiations with the developer, Lennar Multifamily Communities.In March, Ronen negotiated the temporary shelter as part of a deal backed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Lennar agreed to lease the property to the city at no charge. The deal also included a $1 million donation set aside exclusively to build affordable housing in the Mission District.On Tuesday, the city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously backed Ronen’s proposal, but the vote sparked a conversation about geographic equity regarding the distribution of the city’s homeless services. Many of those who attended Thursday’s forum echoed that call for each district to accommodate a shelter.“I feel like there is a lot of consolidation in the Mission of homeless and low-income projects all between Cesar Chavez and 24th Streets,” said one woman.“You always hit the poor neighborhoods,” said a neighbor of the proposed shelter, addressing the city officials. “What about places like Pacific heights or the Marina? They’ll come down with lawsuits and all sorts of money, and you guys all run away.”But Ronen said that while the Mission was disproportionately impacted by the city’s homeless crisis, the perception that most of the city’s services are located in the district is false. District 6, which encompasses the Tenderloin and South of Market, currently hosts about 65 percent of the city’s shelter and Navigation beds – the Mission, in comparison, has 8 percent.Still, Ronen said that she urged her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to build additional Navigation Centers in their districts.“We need other districts to step up as well, and I will fight for that,” she promised.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img A temporary homeless shelter open its doors at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. in the coming months, and on Thursday night city leaders responded to a multitude of questions and concerns by making promises that include a dedicated police patrol.Opinions at the meeting, which drew some 150 people, were divided on priorities: safety and compassion.“My neighbor’s car has been broken into six times in four months,” said a woman who lives nearby the vacant lot where the Navigation Center will open.She addressed Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who was there to answer questions from the community. She was joined by leaders from the the San Francisco Police Department, Public Works, and the Department on Supportive Housing and Homelessness.last_img read more

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SFs sidewalk chop shops will be swept away

first_img Tags: bikes • Board of Supervisors • department of public works • sidewalks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an ordinance that prohibits so-called “chop shops” of bicycles and bicycle parts from operating on the city’s sidewalks. After a heated debate, the board voted 9-2 to approve the legislation. “This legislation is about clearing sidewalks and not having illegal businesses on sidewalks,” said Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who sponsored the proposal. The ordinance would “prohibit the assembly, disassembly, sale, offer of sale, distribution, offer of distribution, or storage of bicycles and bicycle parts on the public right-of-ways.”   0%center_img In other words, those nests of bikes and bike parts found on city streets will be cleared away if the ordinance approved today makes it through a second vote and gets the mayor’s signature. The ordinance gives the Department of Public Works the authority to clear the sidewalks of the chop shops and hand the operator a notice. The person who receives the notice can later reclaim the parts — if nobody saying they are the owner claims them in 30 days. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, whose district encompasses the Mission, voted against the ordinance, saying it fails to address the root of the problem: homelessness. “If poor people are fixing bikes on street because don’t have another place [to do it], it’s not a problem —  it’s poverty,” she said. “To me this is taking away resources from an already burdened DPW.” Ronen said that Mission Station Captain Bill Griffin told her police already have the means to confiscate bikes from sidewalks. “What added benefit does this legislation bring to dealing with horrible problem of bike theft?” she asked. But Sheehy said the ordinance was primarily meant to clear public right-of-ways. “Even if parts are taken off streets for 30 days, that means for at least 30 days people can use sidewalks for what they’re supposed to be used for,” he said. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose district encompassing the Bayview and Potrero Hill also struggles with encampments and chop shops, voted for the ordinance. “We need a multi-pronged approach,” Cohen said. “This is one vehicle that will help us clear obstruction on sidewalks.” last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons expects to welcome back Paul Clough

first_imgROYCE Simmons expects to welcome back Paul Clough, Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for this Sunday’s Engage Super League tie at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Clough has missed the last four months recovering from a shoulder injury whilst Shenton has shaken off an ankle knock.And ‘LMS’ is fresh from a one match ban.But Saints have lost Josh Perry for the season – and both Leon Pryce and Gary Wheeler are still three to four weeks away.“We will have Louie [McCarthy-Scarsbrook] back from suspension and Cloughie has been given the all clear to resume playing,” Simmons said. “But we’ve lost Josh Perry. He came off with an injury in the Hull game after eight minutes and it’s now a season ending injury.“He has done a tendon at the top of his hamstring and is on his way to London to see a specialist down there. He will be operated on around Friday or Saturday and will be out for three months.“It’s disappointing as he hasn’t really had the chance to get going. He rolled out of an injury he sustained at Manly and overcame that – but has bounced from one to another and not really had back to back games.“Of course we all wanted things to be better this year as it is his first over here. People in Australia know how he can play and he would have liked to have got more time to show the St Helens people what he can do. But now he has to get on with his rehab and be right to start next season.”The returning players are a boost for Simmons as they head into the final seven games of the Super League regular season.He continues: “We’ve had three days off after a tough month with big games and the Exiles match. We should see the benefit of that down the track and I will try and do it again in the next few weeks.“And we’ll need it as Sunday’s match will be a tough one. Wakefield have had big losses back to back and that’s scary for me. Their coach is a proud man and has a habit of turning things around.“He builds them up and gets them going. He will roll his dice this week. They are a tough side, especially at home, and were tough to break down when we played them earlier in the year.“We probably played the best 40 minutes of football all season against them and only led by around six to eight points. They then got tired of tackling and we put some points past them.“We have to make them do the same and frustrate them. They will have copped a bit of stick during the week and John will have them fired up.”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has spoken about the contributions o

first_imgROYCE Simmons has spoken about the contributions of Lance Hohaia, Jamie Foster and Josh Perry.All three are set to be involved this Friday as Saints welcome Hull FC to Langtree Park.Hohaia in particular will step in for the injured James Roby whilst Foster and Perry have been named in the 19 after being omitted last week.“Lance for Robes? You probably couldn’t ask for much better could you?” Royce said. “He played hooker in the NRL Grand Final off the bench and has played a fair bit of football there. For the past few seasons he’s switched between nine and one.“He keeps himself super fit and you saw that on Sunday. He didn’t look under any fatigue and he’s got a bit of pace around there too.“Lee Gaskell has played well and I felt it was a little unfair to put Lance straight in at 6. He’s played full back and hooker for a number of years. When you play at hooker the opposition is up close in both defence and attack. Then if you change position you could be 15 metres back and that makes a lot of difference.“The other two boys (Gaskell and Jonny Lomax) have come off a Grand Final game and could have been Grand Final winners. Lance understands the situation, works hard and doesn’t complain.“He will be fantastic for this club and I suppose his only fault is he’s too good at too many positions and sometimes you pay the price. He probably hasn’t played as many internationals as he should have as a result.”Jamie Foster played in the Under 20s last week and scored five tries plus ten goals in a 68-0 win over Huddersfield.Simmons said the youngster was left out of the side that played first grade at the Galpharm because of his recent form, but he’s shown a great attitude.“All the players [who didn’t play first team] in our full time squad played in the 20s and their attitude and commitment were super. Jamie in particular was very good and his training in the week before was fantastic too.“If a player isn’t playing as well as he can and you leave them, then they can be put back a long way – especially younger players. Some people can think it is hard to leave a player out. Everyone knows Jamie hasn’t been on the top of his game recently. It happened at the beginning last year and he worked hard, was back in the side and had a tremendous 25 games. I’m sure he will do the same again.“Josh Perry is also up for selection this week. He missed a chunk of the off season after the operation on his hamstring. That meant he couldn’t get the fitness levels and the time in his legs.“We thought should he battle on and play a couple of games, or train his backside out and continue work on his leg? Well he’s done that. He’s worked his backside off for two week and seen the inside of a couple of buckets a few times!“Perry has a good step, is an aggressive big bloke and can offload the ball. We need him and therefore it makes sense to do what we have done. Anthony Laffranchi has done well too and straightened a few blokes up. It will be good to see both of them starting to rock on.”Tickets for tonight’s match are still on sale.last_img read more

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MORE than 800 tiles have been laid and that means

first_imgMORE than 800 tiles have been laid and that means the first phase of the Wall of Legends is now complete.Surrounding the famous Red Vee – made up of 90 red tiles and including club legends – 700 have been purchased by fans .The tiles were laid by St Helens lad Les Bluck and stage 2 will go on sale shortly.Click on www.saintswalloflegends.com to find out more.Meanwhile in the Boardroom a new trophy cabinet and bar has been built by Rigby Joinery of Rainford.As you can see from the pictures below, they are a great addition to a fantastic stadium.last_img

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Pet Pals Meet Honey a pup just as sweet as can be

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a four legged friend to sweeten up your life, look no further than Honey!Honey is a 13-month-old Lab/Carolina Dog mix. She’s got a tan and white coat and is a great listener.- Advertisement – She’s already spayed and up to date on her shots. Now, she just needs a loving home.If you think Honey could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet this free spirited 2-year-old Border Collie mix GradyAdoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img

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WPD investigating Monday morning shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after reports of gunfire Monday morning.Officers responded around 8:30 a-m to the 11-hundred block of Zinnia Court.  When they arrived they found a 26 year old man with non life threatening injuries. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.- Advertisement – If you have any information, please contact police or use text-a-tiplast_img

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Smoking materials to blame for two Wilmington fires

first_img The second fire broke out at 414 South 8th Street. One person at the home was burned on their face and hands. They were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and later transferred to the North Caroline Jaycee Burn Center at Chapel Hill. No word on their current  condition. It’s estimated that the fire caused between $70,000 – $75,000 worth of damage to that home. The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating a structure fire on Barnett Ave. that displaced two people (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Improperly discarded smoking materials are what caused two separate fires that broke out in Wilmington late Sunday night, according to Battalion Chief Chris Walker.The first fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Barnett Avenue. Witnesses say flames fully engulfed the home. Fire investigators say the fire caused major damage and left two people without a home. The Red Cross responded to help the residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Kure Beach Town Hall closing for temporary move

first_imgKure Beach renovations (Photo: Town of Kure Beach) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Kure Beach Town Hall is moving to a temporary location this weekend.The building will close at noon on Friday so staff can relocate to Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Services that are moving are Finance (including the utility billing staff), Police, Building Inspections and Administration & Recreation. The temporary location will open on Tuesday.- Advertisement – The Fire and Public Works staff will not move and those facilities will remain open as usual.During this move, phone service will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours on Monday. The town says to call 911 if there is an emergency requiring a police response.While the main Town Hall building is closed for renovation and expansion for the next 10-12 months, there will not be a payment drop box available. Payments may be made online on the Town’s website, by phone, or mailed to the 117 Settlers Lane address, which will not change during this time.All council, board and committee meetings will be held at the temporary Town Hall location during renovation and expansion.last_img read more

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New backpacks for thousands of children

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The MLK Center looked like Christmas morning Saturday afternoon. At the 5th Annual Backpack Drive. It drew thousands of children in need.3,000 backpacks were given out at the event and each was filled with supplies to help kids started their year off right. Organizations from around Wilmington partnered to donate supplies, backpacks and more.- Advertisement – Volunteers say they want every child to start the school year off on the right foot.“It’s wonderful. The kids are appreciative. It’s a blessing to be a blessing. And so when you’re giving them away, you know the you’re helping them,” said Shirley Logan, who is with New Beginnings Christian Church.Organizations continued to donate supplies throughout the event. At the event, there were also free haircuts and health screenings for the families.last_img read more

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