This shelter at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park was only open briefly as the criteria for opening temporary shelters in San Francisco has been changing almost as fast as the winter weather.
Stories and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
It’s a tricky business trying to help the homeless when the wet storms keep rolling into San Francisco. With so many people involved, how do you set up a system that works with the weather, especially on 48-hours’ notice?
The recent El Nino storms have made this a real challenge for city agencies. The original plan was for about ten temporary sites of a hundred beds each but only a few of these sites actually occured.
Yet, it seems that some pressure here and flexibility there made sure a temporary shelter was set up recently at the SF County Hall of Flowers near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way.
It opened on January 21, at about 6:00 p.m., and closed on the 23rd, at about 9:00 a.m., hosted 100 spaces and blankets for a hundred people, with hot and cold meals included.
The original plan was for a thousand mattress spaces around San Francisco, so what went wrong?