September 16, 2009
150 Otis: From Temporary To Permanent Shelter As Proposed
"[Swords to Plowshares and the Chinatown Community Development Center] want to develop 150 Otis St., a surplus city-owned building, into permanent affordable rental housing for chronically homeless senior citizen vets. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2012."
∙ Surplus building to be affordable housing for homeless vets [Examiner]
∙ 150 Otis Street: San Francisco Homeless Resource [sfhomeless.wikia.com]
First Published: September 16, 2009 10:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Hmmm, I live near here and I think I preferred the sex club.
Posted by: Drew at September 16, 2009 10:38 AM
Poverty Pimps strike again.
Posted by: Usually Named at September 16, 2009 10:50 AM
I wish someone would do a map of where all this housing in SF is and is planned. Hint: the concentration of red dots would make the whole SOMA, Octavia, TL and north mission into one huge red field, while the rest of the city would be relatively without dots. Its really awful.
Posted by: stucco-sux at September 16, 2009 10:53 AM
The way we treat our veterans is shameless compared to the risks they take and the price they pay for our freedoms. Whether you agree with the policies or not, they carry them out at great potential and real costs. Some of them end up with real problems as a result or real problems they would have had anyway and so what?
Decent housing for homeless senior vets is an honorable thing to have in any neighborhood, and I'd be proud to have it right next door.
I'm all for it.
Posted by: tipster at September 16, 2009 11:27 AM
The political reality is that things like homeless shelters cannot go in single family residential neighborhoods. It's a practical reality too...shelters really need to be near services, transit, etc. It's a red herring to decry the concentration of shelters in neighborhoods like SOMA/ TL/ Etc....they can't be equitably scattered across the entire city.
Posted by: curmudgeon at September 16, 2009 1:23 PM
so does anyone have insight as to what and where is being proposed in terms of homeless shelters and government sponsored housing in SOMA? it seems to warrant a little more discussion than what has been mentioned in past threads concerning SOMA related threads. current prices reflect an up and coming district that is more upscale and vibrant than its current situation. if there will be housing projects throughout i think it drastically changes the valuation process.
Posted by: condoshopper at September 16, 2009 4:03 PM
When I lived in Puget Sound, habitat for humanity built a 4 br house. It went to a woman with a bunch of kids from Ethiopia. She had a real sob story. My point, and I agree with Tipster, is that if we have all this money sloshing around, we really should take care of our own, native born homeless. A lot of whom were veterans.
The shoemakers children should have shoes!
Posted by: jonj at September 17, 2009 3:27 AM
condoshopper - I believe the city has plans to build a "transitional housing center" at the corner of Essex Street and Folsom, where there is currently a parking lot.
Posted by: Fishchum at September 17, 2009 9:23 AM
if they build transitional housing in rincon hill and south beach, what's to stop these areas from turning into the likes of 6th and 7th street?
Posted by: condoshopper at September 17, 2009 9:58 AM
^Um, the massive amounts of high dollar real estate surrounding the public housing? There's public housing in the Inner Richmond. There's public housing on Sacramento less than a block from Fillmore. There are some SROs on Lombard. Why do these areas not become like 6th Street or Webster or Hunters Point? There's a MIX of housing types. Mix = good. All public housing = bad.
Posted by: anon at September 17, 2009 6:02 PM
Swords is the biggest veteran POVERTY PIMP in the nations; STEALING MILLIONS & MILLIONS for their pockets while the veterans SUFFER on the streets or in their 12-STEP AA/NA RELIGIOUS CULT PRISONS....
Posted by: August at February 27, 2011 1:52 PM
Just strafing runs in your underwear before your first cup of coffee, August?
You've got magic, bro, poetry in your fingertips. Most of the time — and this includes naps — you're an F-18, bro. And you'll will destroy Swords in the air. You will deploy your ordinance to the ground, eh?
Posted by: TEJ at February 28, 2011 9:19 AM
Where do you get you facts? If they are so obvious why haven't anyone done something about it?
Posted by: Timothy at November 6, 2012 5:12 AM