San Franciscans want to end homelessness and look to Governor-elect Newsom for action on overdose prevention programs


November 7, 2018
By Joe Hollendoner

 

As last night’s election results rolled in, San Francisco voters sent a clear message on homelessness. Strong support for Proposition C shows that voters believe that homelessness has no place among the San Francisco values of compassion, dignity and humanity. Addressing homelessness must be an immediate, top priority for our city.

Proposition C passed with more than 60 percent of the vote and will provide funding to house thousands of homeless families, youth and adults, help thousands more people access behavioral health and substance use treatment, help people keep their homes, and create shelter for more people.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides services helping people start substance use treatment. We also work with HIV-positive people who are experiencing homelessness who data show have worse health outcomes than people who are housed. Congratulations to the Our City, Our Home campaign for their decisive victory.

More than 4.1 million Californians voted for former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to be our next governor. Congratulations to Governor-elect Newsom on his victory. Newsom’s commitment to HIV and STI prevention and care, and his support for ending the spread of hepatitis C, has been steadfast. There is substantial evidence showing that harm reduction approaches to public health are successful at reducing disease transmission and saving lives. San Francisco AIDS Foundation is eager to work with the new governor toward the piloting of overdose prevention programs that have majority support in the State Legislature and moving our state forward toward zero HIV transmissions and zero AIDS-related deaths.

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