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.
Proposed Homeless Navigation Center in Embarcadero Community Sparks Opposition, Dueling Fundraisers
The Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Lauren Hanussak/KQED)
Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director, Coalition on Homelessness
Wallace Lee, representative, Safe Embarcadero for All campaign; South Beach resident