WHEREAS, the winter storms created an emergency situation causing many people to lose their homes; and,
WHEREAS, the impact on the homeless population was devastating, with many individuals seeking shelter who do not normally use City shelters; and,
WHEREAS, the Mayor directed the Office of Emergency Services to declare an emergency situation and open up shelters; and,
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors concurred with the Mayor's recommendation; and,
WHEREAS, the Health Department provided medical care, TB screening and mental health and substance abuse counseling at the shelters; and,
WHEREAS, the Department of Public Health contracted with Chemical Awareness and Treatment Services (C.A.T.S.) to manage operations at the emergency continuation shelter at Mission Rock; and,
WHEREAS, the Mission Rock Shelter has been a huge success, housing about 650 individuals a day, and providing counseling, intervention and referrals to those in need; and,
WHEREAS, the ongoing shelters in the City continue to operate at full capacity and the City's clinics and hospitals continue high utilization; now, therefore, be it,
RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Health Commission endorses the Department's role in the Mission Rock Shelter; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Health Commission supports the Department's continuing the contracting with Chemical Awareness and Treatment Services to manage the shelter; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Health Commission approves of the Department's leadership in providing this vulnerable population with access to appropriate health care and services; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Health Commission encourages the Department to work with other City Departments, the Mayors Office and homeless advocates in the development of a shelter strategy for this population currently housed at Mission Rock to ensure a continuation of services beyond next April when the site is demolished, with a strong emphasis on creating exits from homelessness.
I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, April 21, 1998.
Sandy Ouye Mori, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission