San Francisco's Homeless Czar Defends Recent Encampment Clearings
Bevan Dufty, the man hired to address San Francisco’s homelessness issues, is defending the city’s record after what some see as a series of attacks on the down and out.
He says the city is doing its best to get people into safe housing.
In recent weeks, the city cleared a large encampment under I-280, and the last remnants of an Occupy camp Downtown. The Board of Supervisors banned overnight parking of RVs in some neighborhoods.
Dufty, who heads city efforts to help the homeless, says he’s not interested in simply pushing people from place to place. "I can assure you that our SF Homeless Outreach Team, SFHOT Team, has been out and we’ve been offering to engage people in this manner."
Dufty says the recent incidents were in response to health and safety concerns and involved a variety of agencies. He says the city just added 20 new stabilization beds to help meet the extra demand and dozens of units of affordable housing are coming online in the coming year.