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San Francisco Houses Homeless In Hotels, Buys Them Booze, Drugs

It's been revealed that the state of California has used FEMA funds to put San Francisco's homeless in empty hotels....and it was a disaster.


Calling Senator Pelosi…

You're city is a nightmare. 

It has been reported that San Francisco decided to house the city's homeless in empty hotels to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Well, as you can imagine, things have not gone well. 

From Business Insider:

When the San Francisco Bay Area issued the US's first stay-at-home order on March 16, officials knew there was one subset of the population who couldn't follow it: the homeless.

Those who sleep outdoors lack access to sanitation facilities, making it difficult to wash their hands or practice other forms of basic hygiene that lower the risk of getting and transmitting the coronavirus. Traditional homeless shelters, however, can create breeding grounds for outbreaks. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends setting aside individual rooms for homeless people who have COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have been exposed to the virus.

So California procured thousands of hotel and motel rooms for this purpose, through a program called "Project Roomkey." Three-quarters of the funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while the remaining quarter — around $150 million — is financed by the state government.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the program on April 3. Within a couple weeks, the program had secured more than 10,000 hotel and motel rooms across 42 counties.

But one aspect of San Francisco's operation of the hotels has stirred controversy: The city's Department of Public Health is giving alcohol to guests struggling with addiction and facilitating the delivery of cannabis.

"I just found out that homeless placed in hotels in SF are being delivered alcohol, weed, and methadone because they identified as an addict/alcoholic for FREE," Thomas Wolf, a drug counselor in San Francisco, tweeted on May 1. "You're supposed to be offering treatment. This is enabling and is wrong on many levels."

According to San Francisco's health department, which staffs the hotels, funding for these substances in the hotels comes from private donations. But Contra Costa County, about an hour outside the city, has spent up to $1,000 in public funding so far on substances for vulnerable residents sheltering in hotels.

Officials from both health departments say the practice of administering drugs and alcohol has prevented people from leaving the hotels to retrieve substances, thereby limiting the potential for the virus to spread."

The NYPost has more:

One recent morning a disheveled, visibly disturbed man ran frantically around the lobby of San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins hotel, the historic and elegant property located at the crest of tony Nob Hill. As one of that city’s designated Front-Line Worker Housing (FLWH) hotels, it’s reserved for health-care and public-safety employees working on COVID-19-related matters. But San Francisco is surreptitiously placing homeless people in luxury hotels by designating them as emergency front-line workers, a term that the broader community understands to mean doctors, nurses and similar professionals.

“Do I look scary to you?” the man demanded. “They’re trying to evict me because I wanted more towels but I’m homeless! They called the cops on me.” He dashed out the door and around the grand circular entrance, where two police officers attempted to resolve the situation. Soon a cab pulled up and an inebriated couple emerged, holding full plastic trash bags. They fought, screaming at each other until the woman entered the lobby and her partner lit a meth pipe in the garage area. More “front-line workers.”

If neighborhood residents were more aware of the influx of these new guests, who frequently suffer from drug addiction and severe mental illness as well as having criminal backgrounds, they might object. Consequently, the city has evoked emergency-disaster law to keep the information private. Officials refuse to notify the public about what is happening in their community and are blocking the press by withholding the list of hotels and preventing reporters from entering the properties. The Department of Emergency Management has attempted to spin the secrecy by claiming, “Disclosure of the names of hotels where people are being sheltered could jeopardize the privacy and safety of the vulnerable people whom the City has placed there if the public and the press become aware of the circumstances of their placement and could increase the risk that they will be subject to discrimination or harassment on the basis of their health status or status as an unsheltered person.”

The public does have a right to know, however, and obfuscation is ultimately futile. Security guards standing outside hotel entrances, where they had never been before, are clear indicators that something is amiss. An uptick in crime, drug activity and vagrancy around the hotels is another clue. Properties that have become de facto homeless shelters range from low-end haunts such as the Motel 6 to mid-range and boutique hotels. High-end hotels that house the homeless-turned-frontline-workers include the InterContinental San Francisco — and the Mark Hopkins.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins is now a homeless shelter.Alamy
The Department of Public Health manages the controversial free alcohol, cigarette and cannabis program for homeless people placed in the hotels. It originally claimed that money for the service came from private donations, which are not allowed by law. After multiple requests to provide the names of the donors, the DPH conceded that “No such record currently exists.” A public-records investigation into the matter has revealed that, as of June 16, DPH approved $3,795.98 to buy the homeless guests vodka and beer (cigarettes have been scrapped). The funding came from the public treasury, after all.

Meanwhile, chaos is erupting inside and around the hotels. City and hotel workers are required to sign nondisclosure agreements and are forbidden from discussing what they’re seeing. Per the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency, speaking out can result in a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment with a maximum sentence of one year, or both."

That's right San Francisco're kids are being shut out of school while your city spends money on vodka and cigarettes for homeless people staying in free hotels. 

Unfortunately, that's not even the worst of it.

From our friends at Fox News:

Thousands of homeless people have been housed in several of San Francisco’s empty hotels in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

However, City Journal contributor Erica Sandberg told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday the policy has been an "absolute disaster"

"It's solving exactly nothing and as a matter of fact, it's making all the problems worse," said Sandberg, who described the scene inside the hotels as "about as bad as you can imagine, only exponentially worse."

"You are talking drug-fueled parties, overdoses, deaths, people are being assaulted. You have sexual assaults going on, it is pandemonium," she said. "It is extremely bad and it needs to stop."

City officials reportedly secured close to 5,000 rooms at several city hotels that signed up to house homeless and other members of at-risk populations who need to quarantine or socially distance themselves.

Controversy ensued after a report alleged that the city was providing alcohol, marijuana, and methadone to homeless addicts residing in the hotels.

"The people who are assigned as disaster workers, these people have been librarians," Sandberg told host Brian Kilmeade. "They are just paper pushers, administrators who are reassigned to these hotels and what they are telling me is beyond the pale.

"They are not just horrified, they are traumatized by what they see. You have mattresses that have feces on them, blood, hospital bands on the floor. What people are seeing is so horrible that they walk out and they say, 'I don't want to go back in there.'"

Instead of promoting health San Francisco is enabling the addictions and deaths of their city's homeless.


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