Tiny shacks could solve homelessness crises

The city proposes to spend $ 800 million over each of the next two years on homeless services, likely as it has done in recent years, with no noticeable effect on removing homeless settlements. shelter from streets and parks. The moral and legal obstacle to the abolition of homeless camps is the lack of accommodation space for those withdrawn from the camps. $ 800 million would buy and supply 32,000 tiny cabins, more than enough to house all of San Francisco’s homeless people. The cabins and their services could be located on remote land owned by the city or rented. The city should provide them, then remove all homeless settlements from streets and parks.

Michael Stryker, Kentfield

Feeling safe is crucial

Thank you, Kevin Fagan, for your writing and tireless reporting on this most vulnerable population: our homeless. Kudos to Tipping Point Community and Dignity Moves for supporting the conversion of tents to cabins for those on the path to permanent housing. The importance and value of having a key to your own space cannot be overstated. Having been homeless on the streets of San Francisco in the late 1980s, my first step toward normalcy was in a small, nine-story YMCA room in the Tenderloin, complete with a bed and a door with a key. . It was a female-only floor, with community showers and toilets, but the room was mine alone. The very first time I turned that lock, I felt a sense of stability that I didn’t even realize was missing. I could cry alone for my situation, in the privacy. I felt safe and slept continuously for long periods of time. I could wake up and just lay down quietly, as the long lost sense of dignity slowly began to return. This sense of security is crucial for healing and emotional stabilization. No longer being keyless is one more step towards ending roaming.

Gail Halava, Kula, Hawaii

Solar power is the key

Regarding “Now is the time for Newsom to be bold” (Editorial, September 16): Your editorial urges Governor Gavin Newsom to take bold action. My wife and I finally installed solar power on the roof a few months ago. It was not so much to save us money as to be responsible members of the community. Accepting the California Public Utilities Commission proposals to do away with net energy meters and dramatically increase access fees will return us to a centralized electrical infrastructure. I envision a future where communities can pool their resources and create micro-grids. It’s time to reduce the fire risks associated with high-energy transmission lines. It’s time to encourage all of us to install solar power, rather than leaving it to the wealthy few, who then leave the public energy system and force the rest of us to cover the costs.

Philip Morton, Berkeley

Exaggerated fear factor

Thank you, Judith Klein, for “The real news is that vaccines are safe” (September 21). Even my dentist, in one of the medical professions most susceptible to potential COVID-19 infection, agrees that the fear factor has been needlessly exaggerated. Although infections have increased among children, the impact on them is still only a fraction of annual road accidents and deaths among children. Yet few families refrain from driving for this reason. The fear-mongering headlines further persuade the vaccine hesitant to consider whether it is worth getting the vaccine. As she pointed out, thanks to the vaccine and reasonable precautions, COVID-19 no longer means we have to give up living our life.

Alice Mosley, San Francisco

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