Controversial navigation center on the Embarcadero approved to house homeless

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Amid unrelenting opposition from nearby residents, the San Francisco Port Commission Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a navigation center.

Amid unrelenting opposition from nearby residents, the San Francisco Port Commission Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a navigation center that will eventually bring 200 beds for homeless people to the Embarcadero.

The highly anticipated vote came after weeks of community meetings that drew heated crowds and laid bare mixed feelings over how San Francisco plans to address more than 7,500 people counted as homeless on any given night.

“I think it’s so terrific that you are so concerned about the homeless. But I wish you were concerned about the people who help this city survive,” Sheila Clayman, a resident of the area, during public comment that spanned several hours. “I am concerned for my own personal safety.”… (more)

One wonders if, as one supervisor mentioned, the money for affordable housing might be better spent purchasing more existing housing to prevent evictions since existing affordable is cheaper that future affordable and is a more permanent solution than navigation centers. One also wonders how many administrative jobs have been created to count and label and corral people, and how effective that process is.

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