SF Extends Program to Keep Hotels Open for Unhoused Residents

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San Francisco plans to extend a shelter-in-place program through September 2022 that provides hotel rooms for unhoused people, city officials announced Thursday.

The decision comes a month after advocates for people experiencing homelessness protested in front of City Hall, calling for a continuation of the program that has now served over 3,700 residents since it began in April 2020.

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing began phasing out the program — part of Project Roomkey, a statewide homeless relief initiative — in June, when COVID-19 infection rates in San Francisco were declining.  Since then, the city has closed six of 25 hotel sites.

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