In San Francisco the city has created city sanctioned tent encampments to help the homeless in response to the increasing number of tents on sidewalks as shelter options have significantly decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 13 the city opened the first tent sanctioned tent encampment. The “Safe Sleeping Village” is located near the Asian Art Museum and Main Library.
The site has bathrooms, washing stations, and food and health care services are provided as well. The area is monitored by officials 24 hours and anyone who is staying in the area must sign a community guidelines agreement.
A drone caught footage of the tent encampment which shows that the tents are set up in marked spaces to ensure social distancing.
The encampment is part of a pilot project to attempt to organize tents throughout the city.
“The Safe Sleeping Village model is being piloted as a short-term, temporary method of establishing minimum health and safety standards for homeless people in settings where services like food, water, sanitation and healthcare can be more effectively provided. San Francisco city agencies, through the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing continue to work with individuals on longer-term solutions.”
-Jonathan Streeter, the interim lead public information officer for the Homelessness Joint Information Center