I'm the news editor at SF Weekly, covering everything from courts to politics, housing to transportation. While I don't have a specific beat, my favorite types of stories to research and write fall under the umbrella of public health -- specifically harm reduction, drug use, and homelessness.
City leaders repeatedly denied that homeless sweeps were happening. A reporter shares how she proved them wrong.
Nearly 10,000 people in San Francisco are homeless, with a nightly shelter bed waitlist that hasn’t dropped below 1,000 in more than a year.
For many unhoused people living on San Francisco streets, maintaining good physical health is fairly low on a long daily to-do list. Basic survival — finding water, food, and shelter — can occupy much of one’s day and energy.
This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Nuala Sawyer, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship.
Other stories in this series include:
Lost, Stolen, Sold: S.F. Violates Homeless Property Policy
S.F. Sees New Success in Treating Homeless People with Hep C
Keeping the Homeless
People’s bags seized during encampment sweeps have been thrown out or gone missing, resulting in the permanent loss of medication, family heirlooms, and shelter.
Serious mental and physical health issues are on the rise among S.F.’s homeless population, as the city recommits itself to seizing and disposing of their tents and belongings.