Kim’s tent protection legislation, to be heard at today’s Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee, doubles down on Kim’s commitment to prevent the removal of tents from sidewalks, while at the same time voting against actual solutions for housing homeless residents
San Francisco, CA – (September 8, 2016) Today, the Board of Supervisors Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee will hold a hearing on Supervisor Jane Kim’s legislation to protect tents on sidewalks and other public spaces. By requiring permanent housing before tents can be removed from public spaces, Kim is ensuring that no tents will be removed. Moreover, even if permanent housing is available, Kim's legislation requires that the tents be left alone on sidewalks for a week or two weeks.
Rather than supporting an actual solution that would create the permanent housing that Kim is requiring as part of her tent protection legislation, she voted against $50 million in annual funding - $1 billion over 20 years - that will create permanent housing for homeless people, and build additional navigation centers to get people off the streets and into services. Kim broke with fellow Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos in her opposition to Proposition K that will provide the funding needed to create homeless housing and shelters.
"Protecting the right to pitch tents on public sidewalks is more important to Jane Kim than ensuring sustainable funding for new housing and navigation centers that would actually move the homeless off the street and into permanent housing,” said Jeff Sparks, campaign manager at Wiener for State Senate.
Kim has repeatedly professed that San Francisco and California are in a state of emergency around homelessness. Yet, she has deliberately sacrificed $50 million in annual funding for homeless housing to make her political point in support of tent housing, an unsafe and inhumane solution for all San Franciscans, homeless or not.
“Jane Kim deliberately sacrificed funding for homeless housing for men, women and children. Kim talks out of both sides of her mouth. You can't say we have a homelessness emergency and then insist that the right to live in a tent on a sidewalk is more important than voting to create housing," stated Sparks.
Contact: Jeff Sparks, (415) 942-9373, firstname.lastname@example.org