City officials say they have moved more than three dozen homeless individuals out of tent encampments in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood over the past month.
The city reports that workers "resolved" the encampment between 16th and 19th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue Wednesday after the interagency Encampment Resolution Team spent the previous 3½ weeks working to connect the people living in those tents with shelter and other services.
"It's very easy for people to relocate in this area," said Sam Dodge, deputy director of the city's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. "It's not about criminalizing people or never seeing encampments again. It's about having concerted efforts to resolve them to the best of our ability and to try to set up a new baseline that doesn't have street-level encampments as just the furniture of our city."
The team also includes the city departments of Public Works, Public Health and the Police Department's homeless outreach unit.
"We came to know everybody who was in these tents," said Jason Albertson, the Encampment Resolution Team coordinator.