San Francisco adds 75 new shelter beds

San Francisco officials Wednesday announced the opening of 75 new homeless shelter beds at The City’s largest shelters and 70 new supportive housing units for homeless military veterans.

Starting Saturday, the Next Door Shelter on Polk Street will add 50 beds and the Multi-Service Center South shelter on Fifth Street will add 25, acting Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

Those beds are in the addition to the approximately 2,200 currently provided in the city through traditional shelters, Navigation Centers and congregations managed by the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

Breed Wednesday also announced the opening of 70 new supportive housing units for homeless military veterans at the Auburn Hotel in the South of Market neighborhood.

The units will be managed by the nonprofit Delivering Innovations in Supportive Housing, or DISH, with services provided on site by Episcopal Community Services.

Before his death on Dec. 12, Mayor Ed Lee had pledge to move an additional 1,000 people off the streets before the end of the winter. Breed Wednesday said she planned to keep that pledge:

“Like Mayor Lee before me, I am committed to using every resource and tool available to address the challenges of homelessness. …  Increasing capacity at our two largest shelters is an important step forward in our goal to transition more people off the streets and into safe, stable living situations.”

The City is also opening another Navigation Center in the spring in the South of Market neighborhood and is working toward opening two others on state-owned properties, both initiatives launched under Lee’s leadership.

The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will also open 67 new transitional housing beds by March.