SFPD Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Oct 2015 - david-elliott-lewis
Left to right, Jennifer Friedenbach, Director, Coalition on Homelessness and Laura Guzman, Director, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.

Left to right, Jennifer Friedenbach, Director, Coalition on Homelessness and Laura Guzman, Director, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.

The myth of service resistance. The belief that homeless seek out a carefree outdoors life style is false. Also, the offer to spend one night in a crowded shelter with a 6am wake up at the cost of abandoning one's property, pet and/or partner is just not worth it. The solution to homelessness is homes. When safe and decent housing is offered, almost all homeless will accept it.

In a city with the average rent reaching $4,100, even those with full time jobs are ending up homeless. About 5,000 are currently sleeping outdoors on the streets with several thousand more only marginally housed in shelters, temporary small SRO rooms or surfing on friends' couches.

While police have often been called upon to help solve the 'homeless problem', it should not be their job.

These were some of the thoughts being shared by Jennifer Friedenbach, Director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Laura Guzman, Director, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training with SFPD Field Training Officers, October 13-16th, 2015, Harding Park, San Francisco, California.