Proposed Homeless Navigation Center in Embarcadero Community Sparks Opposition, Dueling Fundraisers

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The Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Lauren Hanussak/KQED)

Residents of San Francisco’s waterfront neighborhoods are pushing back on a plan by Mayor London Breed to build a 225-bed navigation center for the homeless on the Embarcadero. In public meetings about the proposal last month, opponents cited public safety concerns with having a center in such a housing-dense, tourist-heavy area. A coalition of residents called “Safe Embarcadero for All” launched an online fundraising campaign for legal costs to block the center. A counter coalition also launched, quickly out-fundraising the navigation center’s opponents. Forum hears from both perspectives on the city’s plan.


Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director, Coalition on Homelessness

Wallace Lee, representative, Safe Embarcadero for All campaign; South Beach resident