Two homes on Florida Street and Dore Street are the latest pieces in Mayor Breed’s plan to add 400 treatment beds, in the form of “housing co-ops.”
Before the pandemic, the Mayor of London Breed and the left flank of the Supervisory Board were locked in a battle of dueling mental health plans with the redundant names Mental Health SF and UrgentCare SF. Both were well-meaning, and their main difference seemed to be who could claim credit if it worked. Both sides thankfully agreed to a compromise measure, and once we got rid of Trump as president, a bunch of Biden dollars from the stimulus package gave the city more work.
These mental health and addiction efforts do not come together all at once, but in small increments. The latest is the announcement that the city would buy two residential properties, to “house people living with mental health and addiction disorders.” One is the two apartment unit at 24th and Florida Streets seen above, the other a SoMa apartment building seen below.
“Co-op housing is an essential part of behavioral health services for people with severe mental disorders and addictions. Mayor Breed’s commitment to preserving cooperative living spaces, as well as opening 400 new treatment and care beds across San Francisco, addresses people’s psychiatric needs as well as their housing needs, which are at both essential for health and recovery, ”said Director of Health Dr. Grant. Colfax said in a statement. “With the purchases made on Florida and Dore streets, DPH is pleased to continue our partnership with Conard House and continue to provide supportive housing to some of our most needy residents.”
You will notice the mention of a non-profit supportive housing organization called Conard House, which will operate both of these facilities. These aren’t huge properties – the Dore Street property will house 18 people, the Florida Street facility only eight. Everyone has their own bedroom. But the overall plan is 400 homes like this, and the city seems to be moving in that direction, but at a very modest, chip-chip-chip pace.
It may seem too gradual to promote real change. But Breed, supervisors and the city as a whole will inevitably be criticized for “doing nothing” and at the same time “throwing too much money” on the problem. These little shelters that they’re constantly opening don’t create the kind of community uproar that large facilities continue to see, so we’re hoping this slow, stealthy approach starts to make some nicks in chronic homelessness, mental health, and addiction. . the abuse issues that plagued many previous mayors and supervisory boards.
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Image: Joe Kukura, SFist