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Housing for Everyone

Our city remains #UnitedInCrisis. As we enter the month of April, our city and country continue to operate under the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

People are unable to work, our healthcare resources are being stretched, and despite tens of thousands of open units in SF private housing (hotels, luxury condos, etc.), many remain unhoused or at risk of being forced from their homes. In this moment of Shelter in Place and mass fear around public health, no one should be forced to work for fear of losing their home or not having a safe place to stay.

Take these immediate actions to protect our community:

  1. Join the April 1st Day of Action to cancel rent and mortgages, and share using the hashtags #UnitedInCrisis, #CancelRent, #CancelMortgages, #HomesForAll
  2. Call Mayor Breed, and demand she use her emergency power to house homeless people in vacant hotel rooms.
    Call the Mayor’s Office at (415) 554-6141 with this message (if voicemail is full, please email the office at MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org) 
    “Protect homeless people from COVID-19. Take 9,000 Rooms for every single homeless San Franciscan NOW!”

BREAKING: 100 Medical Experts Advocate for More Hotels for the Unhoused, and Quickly

As San Francisco’s shelter in place order was being enacted, the City had about 30,000 vacant units and 42,000 empty hotel rooms while at least 8,000 people remained unhoused, either in congregate shelters or on the street. 

Currently, the City is moving into hotel rooms only those unhoused San Franciscans who test positive for coronavirus or those who show symptoms of COVID-19. This is a vital start. But it is not enough.This is why we believe our City and state must prioritize making sufficient hotel rooms available to allow every unhoused person the opportunity to socially distance fully.

Click here to read the full letter and see the health professionals who have signed on.


Dear City and County Officials and Elected Leaders,

In our communities, what hurts some of us, hurts all of us. Our response to this crisis must prioritize the collective needs of all people. 

Join us in calling on our government officials and elected leaders to immediately address the platform below. To survive, we must be a city #UnitedInCrisis.

As San Francisco community organizations and labor unions serving those most impacted by COVID-19, we have highlighted a 10 point platform for the city to address immediately. While some corporations and individuals may be trying to keep the status quo, the first priority of our government must be to the people in our communities.

Sign below to call on all decision makers and community members to immediately act in response to this crisis by supporting our most vulnerable San Franciscans.

Signed,
SF United in Crisis, click to see all member organizations here. 


A Time for Action

In our communities, what hurts some of us, hurts all of us. Our response to this crisis must prioritize the collective needs of all people. 

In San Francisco and across this country, we are facing a public health emergency in responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This crisis has already exposed major gaps in our existing social safety net that must be addressed with immediate and drastic action. The more urgently and fully we respond to this crisis, the better chance we have of withstanding its effects. 

Power lies in our communities. Join us in calling on our government officials and elected leaders to immediately address the platform below. To survive, we must be a city #UnitedInCrisis.

We must shift the way we view resources in this city. Everyone at risk must have access to a test and medical care. No housing unit, private or public, or hotel room should remain unfilled while there are people living at greater risk of exposure on the street, in shelters, or in overcrowded SROs (single room occupancies). As long as people are unable to work due to public health concerns, they also must be relieved from their financial commitments to landlords. All of us, including landlords, should be relieved of financial commitments to big banks. While some corporations and individuals may be trying to keep the status quo, the first priority of our government must be to the people in our communities.

As San Francisco community organizations and labor unions serving those most impacted by COVID-19, we are united in calling for the policy priorities below. We believe this is a moment for our whole community to step up in prioritizing public health and protecting those most at risk. This includes healthcare workers, low-wage workers, low-income tenants, seniors, people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions, homeless people, and more. 

We have highlighted a 10 point platform for the city to address immediately. This list is not comprehensive, and we trust and expect the city to continue acting on this and more. Though we are focusing specifically on San Francisco, we recognize there are necessary actions on the statewide and federal level that must happen immediately, including suspension of loans or any payments to large banks and financial institutions, a continuation of all utilities, internet accessibility for all, and more.

Join us in calling on all decision makers and community members to immediately act in response to this crisis by supporting our most vulnerable San Franciscans.

Click Here to See Our Platform.