Join us on Thursday, June 13, beginning at 7:00 pm, downstairs at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street in a discussion with our guests, Bevan Dufty of the Mayor's office of HOPE (Housing Opportunity, Partnership and Engagement) and Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's Public Defender, as we address the real problems of homelessness and real solutions.
What is the proper response to the problem of homelessness? Do we treat homeless people themselves as the problem or do we tackle the economic, social, and health related issues that actually cause the extreme poverty that leads to homelessness? While we can all agree that homelessness in San Francisco is a problem, we often falter in developing real solutions to this problem.
Solutions that aim to end poverty rather than push homeless people out of view require investment (both financial investment as well as community buy-in), time, and a real understanding of the needs of homeless people in order to be successful. “Solutions” that don’t actually address the poverty, housing, and health issues that lead to homelessness (like getting rid of neighborhood recycling centers, banning sitting, or chasing people out of the park and on to the sidewalks and then off of the sidewalks and back in to the park) don’t end up working because they don’t address the issues that cause homelessness.