In response to the increased housing crisis in San Francisco, and knowing that many of our neighbors are houseless yet deserve a safe place to live and sleep, Supervisor Safai along with multiple agencies and the community's approval set up San Francisco's first Vehicle Triage Center in the Balboa Park Bart Station parking lot.
This lot is slated for 100% affordable housing, breaking ground in November 2020. In the interim, the lot was converted to a temporary, secure area for houseless neighbors who are living out of their cars or RV's.
While it's the first one in the City, and while there has been a lot of experimentation and learning, overall the program has been a resounding success. Getting folks into safe spaces in order to transition into more permanent housing is the overall goal. Data shows that some legitimate community concerns, such as increased crime or increased garbage, have not panned out. Since the inception in Spring 2020, there has not been a single 911 call related to the Center.
Security is provided by Urban Alchemy, who have been amazing partners for both the clients and the surrounding D11 community.
CIA is proud to support this initiative, and we're proud of our neighbors and D11 for embracing efforts to help our houseless neighbors.