Safe Embarcadero for All is a community organization supported by local residents, businesses and non-profits to voice concerns about public safety on the Embarcadero and San Francisco’s controversial proposal to construct a 200-bed homeless shelter on the City’s waterfront halfway between The Ferry Building and the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park.
Bad for Taxpayers
The City is giving itself a sweetheart deal in rent for the project at the expense of taxpayers. The site for the homeless shelter, owned by the Port of San Francisco, has been appraised for over $100 million dollars. The City is paying just $400K in annual rent. Rather than leverage the site to raise badly needed funding to fix San Francisco’s crumbling piers and seawall, the City is tying it up for at least four years.
Bad for the Community
More than 10,000 residents – many of them retirees and young families with children – live within three blocks of the proposed project. There are undeniable negative impacts of homeless shelters on the neighborhood, including public alcohol and drug consumption, police interventions, property crime, personal assaults, and attracting additional homeless encampments.
Bad for the City
The process undertaken by the City to plan the project has happened behind closed doors with no transparency. No other project of this size and controversy has ever been approved in San Francisco within a two month period, with a lack of due process, appropriate regulatory procedure, and public input.
We support the moral imperative to care for the homeless. It is also a moral imperative of our government and its leaders to afford due process to residents, families, children and businesses in this neighborhood and to protect them from harm.