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Safe Embarcadero for All

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In March, the Mayor hastily proposed a 225-bed homeless shelter on The Embarcadero in the middle of a densely-populated diverse family neighborhood.  We all want to help the homeless and fully support efforts to eliminate the causes of homelessness, but the Mayor has put expediency over safety in choosing this location for the city’s largest-ever Navigation Center.

The community is fully supportive of efforts to end homelessness.  South Beach is home to the Delancey Street Foundation, a residential facility helping former drug users recover from their addictions and others facing difficult situations, including the formerly homeless.  The East Cut is home to Rene Cazenave, which provides housing for the formerly homeless, as well as most of the new affordable housing in the City.

The rushed process the Mayor is following to build the homeless shelter by the end of the summer is concerning to the community.  We are worried that the rushed process puts the political goal of building a large Navigation Center ahead of legitimate concerns about public safety, drug use, and other problems that a large shelter may bring to the community.  According to the city’s own data, a third of the homeless are drug users and some are sex offenders. The Navigation Center will not allow drug use inside, meaning that about 75 drug users will be forced into the surrounding family neighborhood to use drugs.  The community is also concerned about the environmental effects of building on a site that is known to have toxic materials beneath.

While no one wants to pursue legal avenues, the city has left us little choice but to explore legal options because they have failed to engage with our concerns.  Please join us in our effort to engage meaningfully with the city.

If the funds raised are deemed insufficient by legal counsel, they will be returned to those who donate.

Please note the following details pursuant to a request from GoFundMe
1.  I am a resident of South Beach (neighborhood in SF)
2.  Organizing this effort on behalf of the community 
3.  The funds will be used exclusively for legal and related costs to oppose the proposed Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330.  
4.  The monies will be sent to retained legal counsel - directly from this account if possible. Legal counsel will be Andrew Zacks from

Fundraising team: Safe Embarcadero for All (2)

Safe Embarcadero for All
San Francisco, CA
Andrew Zacks
Wallace Lee
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