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Die-in protesters ‘at wits’ end’ over mayor’s refusal to shelter homeless in hotels

Clad in black and holding red flowers, about 10 people laid on the street in front of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s home Thursday evening to call attention to the potential fate of the city’s unhoused amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The die-in began at about 6:30 p.m. at 791 Page St. in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

The mayor so far has stopped short of implementing an emergency ordinance passed April 14 by the city’s supervisors to acquire more than 8,000 hotel rooms for unhoused residents to keep them and others safe from the virus.

San Francisco resident Olivia Park, who is with the Do No Harm Coalition, said they have had virtual campaigns, they have called the mayor and she has been shifting her reasons for failing to follow the supervisors lead.

Heidi Alletzhauser Clergy and doctors gathered in protest at San Francisco, Calif. Mayor London Breed’s home on Thursday, April 30, 2020 to call for immediate shelter of homeless residents amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Park said:

“We just frankly, we’re at wits’ end.”

She said plenty of the city’s unhoused just need a place to stay. As for those who need support and services if they were to get a hotel room, there are community organizations standing by to provide those services, Park said.

Park argued that the city doesn’t need to handle all of the operations for housing the unhoused.

“We are a very well-resourced city” with organizations that know what to do and that have the training and capacity to deliver those services, she said.

Park said the die-in represents the death of the souls of San Francisco. An email to the mayor requesting her reaction was not immediately returned.

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