SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee showed off some of the good work emerging from the stimulus on Friday.

When construction finishes, the ornate YMCA building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood built in 1910 will have 174 supportive housing units and a wellness clinic to serve the chronically homeless.

“This is the core of the answer to ending homelessness – is to build these kinds of housing and make sure we’ve got the services to attach with it,” Lee said.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The non-profit Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation won a $54 million grant under the Recovery Act for a retrofit that has kept dozens off unemployment. Director Donald Falk said the building would likely still be vacant without the stimulus money.

Pelosi noted the symmetry in transforming a faith-based recreation center into a homeless sanctuary.

“It’s not only housing, which is significant. It is housing which respects the dignity of every person,” Pelosi said.

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Comments (7)
  1. Randy Fleming says:

    Sadly , you are probably correct in your assumption. I’m very often met with vitriol from the ‘professional left’ whenever I make such statements. “You’re so cynical!”..”Hope you’re never homeless!”..I was , for a time..I went to see a Navy recruiter out in the Sunset District and went back on active duty. This is all that’s left for S.F.’s future , I’m afraid. No real industry other than ‘trade conventions’ and ‘IT’ workers who actually work in Mountain View… Poverty now is the city’s ‘cottage industry’ and the drugs , violent crime , etc.. I guess it all goes back to the Lanterman Petris Short Act , during Gov. Reagan’s reign.

    1. Ben says:

      Too bad that Dan and Randy want to put homeless people on the streets. There will always be people who aren’t functional enough to live on their own. Their alternative is apparently to let people die on the streets of San Francisco. The cynicism about the economy is too much. Guys, lighten up!

  2. Ben says:

    Have you thought about some therapy with anti-depressants? Your comment is an awful thing to say about your fellow human beings.

  3. Miq says:

    And there is Ben, right on queue with the “won’t somebody please think of the ____” line which is what everyone who tries to have a realistic conversation about this problem is met with. I have a better idea. How about a freeze and then a reduction on SRO construction to equally spread them across the city. Having them all in one neighborhood hasn’t solved a damn thing…for 50 years.

  4. Aaron Shaw says:

    I’m surprised that Nancy Pelosi was involved in this effort. I’m honored in the fact that she respects the works of ending homelessness. With her help as an impactful leader more and more victories will take
    place with-in the over-all efforts.