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San Francisco gives homeless hotel rooms, drugs, booze…it’s not going well

The federal government is picking up a lot of the tab. That means you.

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As someone who ran homeless shelters for several years I have heard of, seen, and implemented some novel approaches to the homeless issue. But somehow it never crossed my mind to give our wards hotel rooms and then deliver drugs and booze to them. But then, I’m not from San Francisco.

For that’s just what the beautiful yet sanitation-challenged City by the Bay is up to. Tony Bennett will not be happy. Writer Erica Sandberg chronicled the idiocy Wednesday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight ”

“It’s solving exactly nothing and as a matter of fact, it’s making all the problems worse,” said Sandberg, adding “it’s about as bad as you can imagine, only exponentially worse.”

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“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. The people who are assigned as disaster workers, these people have been librarians. They are just paper pushers, administrators who are reassigned to these hotels and what they are telling me is beyond the pale.”

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Librarians? Dear God. Running a shelter is a 24/7 job for a tough person who ideally is a priest, demographic analyst, drill sergeant, and tuxedoed fundraiser all rolled into one. Paper pushers just won’t cut it and will be thought of as fresh meat by the shelter residents.

And how do the innocent bureaucrats fare in their new roles? “They are not just horrified, they are traumatized by what they see,” said Sandberg. “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.'”

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The city is “trying to put this kind of a Band-Aid on it and pretend it’s not happening. Oh, it’s happening, and it’s worse than people imagine,” she said. And Sandberg didn’t even know about this next lovely policy.

A man who had just left one of the city shelters wrote on Twitter, “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. You’re supposed to be offering treatment. This is enabling and is wrong on many levels.”

The city of San Francisco confirmed his report, “These harm reduction based practices, which are not unique to San Francisco, and are not paid for with taxpayer money, help guests successfully complete isolation and quarantine and have significant individual and public health benefits in the COVID-19 pandemic.” Who is paying for the trashed hotel rooms where booze and drugs are delivered to? You are. The feds are paying 75 percent of costs associated with housing the homeless in San Francisco. That’s your tax dollars.

In related news, citizens and education leaders in San Francisco are suing the city because city-sanctioned homeless tent cities are blighting neighborhoods and increasing virus infection risk.

“We are suing because our neighborhood has become a pandemic containment zone,” David Faigman, chancellor and dean at UC Hastings told the press. “The city has basically cordoned off our area. Tents are blocking the streets. Tents are blocking doorways. There are needles in the streets. There’s open-air drug dealing. There’s no neighborhood in San Francisco that should tolerate that,” Faigman said.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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