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San Francisco To Hire New Manager For Homeless Response Operations

San Francisco Examiner-

San Francisco will hire a new manager for its street homeless response operations who will report directly to Mayor London Breed’s chief of staff, as The City makes a shift in its strategy to combat homelessness and street encampments.

Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, told the Local Homeless Coordinating Board Monday there are three main changes coming to the Healthy Streets Operation Center, also known as HSOC, which launched in January 2018.

HSOC, which operates out of the Department of Emergency Management, is The City’s coordinated response to homeless encampments and is a collaboration among multiple city departments. It has been criticised for operating without community engagement and responding to the homeless with a police or Public Works response rather than services, resulting in sweeps that fail to get homeless people the help they need.

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