In a sudden reversal, Mayor London Breed introduced San Francisco will start using lodge rooms to deal with extra of town’s homeless. To promote “social distancing” and cut back inhabitants ranges at shelters all through San Francisco, metropolis leaders had beforehand unveiled plans to relocate lots of of individuals out of shelters into large-scale homeless facilities, similar to a newly constructed 394-bed shelter on the Moscone Convention Center. However, on Monday – simply three days after metropolis leaders opened the Moscone West shelter – Breed introduced her administration will as a substitute depend on lodge rooms to relocate homeless people out of overcrowded shelters.
“We need to think about making changes to avoid having an outbreak, or situation, in places like Moscone West or any place else where we know there are large populations of people,” Breed stated.
Policy Change Follows Criticism from Lawmakers
Breed’s change of course comes within the wake of heavy criticism from at the very least 5 San Francisco supervisors, who spoke out towards the administration’s authentic plan to assemble huge, congregate shelters to deal with the homeless.
“We have the hotel rooms, we have the staffing, why wouldn’t we do this right now and save thousands of lives,” stated Supervisor Hillary Ronen throughout a press convention on Friday. “We have been given every excuse in the book why this isn’t possible.”
The shelter at Moscone West will now be used to deal with people who’ve examined destructive for the coronavirus or have since recovered.
“This is a very fluid situation and will continue to be,” stated Trent Rhorer, who heads San Francisco’s Human Services Agency. “The state of California, in addition to different counties, [is] now shifting gears away from congregate websites fully and shifting in the direction of lodge rooms.
Three Positive Cases at San Francisco Homeless Shelters
To date, three individuals at San Francisco homeless shelters have examined optimistic for COVID-19: one on the Division Circle Navigation Center and two on the Multi Service Center South shelter. Those dwelling at MSC South facility might have had contact with 19 others who have been not too long ago relocated to the Moscone West shelter.
“All 19 people at Moscone West are being moved into quarantine into lodges as a precautionary measure,” Breed stated.
Moscone West Shelter Capacity to be Cut in Half
Moving ahead, capability on the Moscone West shelter will likely be lowered dramatically as a way to unfold out company. The facility’s 394 beds will likely be minimize right down to 200. The makeshift shelter will even be partitioned off into 4 areas, every containing 50 sufferers. Everyone, in response to Rhorer, will likely be afforded ample bodily distance from others and could have their very own partition-wall for added privateness.
“This will help us really provide a relief valve on the back end of our system, allowing individuals who were quarantined in hotel rooms to exit out after having … tested negative,” despatched Trent Rhorer, who heads San Francisco’s Human Services Agency.
“It will also help our hospital system – for homeless individuals, who may be in that system for a non-COVID related illness, those individuals also will have been cleared by the hospital and could choose to go to that shelter as well.”
San Francisco has leased 945 rooms in eight lodges throughout town to deal with the homeless and these unable to soundly self-quarantine at dwelling. By late Monday, town estimated about 190 individuals have checked in up to now. Since Moscone West will now not be utilized as initially deliberate, metropolis leaders now estimate they are going to want an extra 500 lodge rooms to soundly area out people at homeless shelters throughout San Francisco.
Sick and Elderly Remain Priority for Hotel Rooms
Being homeless, nevertheless, isn’t sufficient to qualify a person for one of the lodge rooms – town continues to be prioritizing the sick and aged.
“We will continue to focus on the population in our shelters — individuals age 60 and above, as well as individuals who have underlying health conditions, that make them more vulnerable to COVID,” Rhorer stated.
“We also continue to work with hotel owners and negotiate contracts to bring additional rooms online.”