San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people.
About 80 tents are now neatly spaced out on a wide street near San Francisco City Hall as part of a “safe sleeping village” opened last week. The area between the city’s central library and its Asian Art Museum is fenced off to outsiders, monitored around the clock and provides meals, showers, clean water and trash pickup.
In announcing the encampment, and a second one to open in the famed Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco’s mayor acknowledged that she didn’t want to approve tents, but having unregulated tents mushroom on sidewalks was neither safe nor fair.
Socially distanced tents are pitched at a sanctioned homeless encampment christened Safe Sleeping Village in a square next to city hall in San Francisco, California. More photos of the week: https://t.co/QoMwGom3qB 📷 Drone Base pic.twitter.com/W7Z9v5ThyV— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) May 23, 2020