SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco city officials on Friday opened the new Bayview Vehicle Operations Center, providing a safe space and service for those living in their vehicles.
The long-awaited center, located in the boatyard of the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, is a collaborative project between the city, California State Parks, and Bayview County community members.
The new center will include 135 parking spaces for 203 people. The center will also have 24-hour security and on-site staff, as well as bathrooms, showers and plumbing.
Residents will also have access to services such as health care, as well as assistance with housing and employment opportunities.
“We must take advantage of every opportunity we get, and all do our part to ensure that our non-hosted residents have a safe place to sleep and have regular access to services. stability service,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “As we continue to work on our Homeless Rehabilitation Plan, we must find solutions for people living in their RVs or cars and provide them with a pathway out of homelessness. reside.”
A report released by the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Housing Assistance in June 2021 found that Bayview County is the neighborhood most impacted by vehicle homelessness. , with about 677 vehicles used to shelter in the area.
“The Candlestick area has been under-resourced, neglected and facing challenges for a long time. For years, our condo neighbors who live in the Candlestick area have called on the city to address these issues,” said Board of Supervisors president Shamann Walton, whose county includes Bayview. “All members of our community deserve to live in a clean and safe neighborhood and those who have a home in our vehicle deserve to have access to basic services like restrooms. , electricity and paths to housing. This VTC is the first step towards answering the calls of all our neighbors in the area who deserve more. ”
The Center is being funded by November 2018 Measure C, a tax revenue initiative to fund services for the homeless.
The center will be run by the nonprofits Urban Alchemy and the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation.
According to city officials, the site is temporary because the city has negotiated a two-year lease for the center with California State Parks.
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