RVs on Circular Avenue – Letter from Supervisor Melgar’s office

The following message is from D7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar’s office.

Dear Sunnyside Neighbors,

We have been receiving numerous phone calls from Sunnyside neighbors about the RVs parked on Circular Avenue. So I would like to address you publicly as a group. 

As soon as we heard the complaint, we reached out to the Homeless Services Department to make contact with the RV dwellers and also the Dept of Public Works to check on the cleanliness of the area. We just learned that they overlooked our email back in early February, but scheduled an outreach visit as of 2/24/22 and would keep us updated. We are awaiting a status report of what both departments experienced. During the pandemic, the SFMTA Board of Directors voted to suspend overnight parking rules in reaction to the hardships that the pandemic caused as people lost their jobs and housing. The shelter system was also stressed due to a need for social distancing and limited options.

Our district has the second highest population of residents living in cars behind District 10.  For perspective there are 140 vehicles near Lake Merced that we need to find permanent solutions for along with RVs also scattered in more residential neighborhoods. Simply pushing the RVs to another neighborhood does not solve the crisis.You may have read about the Vehicle Stabilization Center in Bayview, but that site filled up instantly and still left out many of D10’s RV population. Our office has been desperately trying to establish a similar site in our district that could host RV dwellers and connect them with more permanent services. The logistics of finding unused space large enough and with infrastructure that can support the community has been a difficult one. We must coordinate many different departments each with their own concerns in making it viable. But rest assured our office will not give up.

Living in your vehicle is different from what we classically think of as “homelessness.” Our current homeless service system is not designed to address this growing population. Many of the folks living in vehicles in District 7 are families with children. If your vehicle is your transportation, your shelter, and your child’s home, you aren’t going to want to readily give it up to accept entry into an emergency shelter where you will sleep on the floor with your children. Your RV is your most important asset and is what is keeping you and/or your family from sleeping on the street. Many roads have led people to where they are, and there is no one solution will fit all, but I acknowledge that this is a dilemma which affects us all. 

It is the goal of the D7 office to find permanent housing for RV dwellers, to free up the right-of-way and support the health of the neighborhoods.  Two years ago, the voters of San Francisco approved additional funding to include this population, and we are optimistic that these resources will lead to programming and resources that are specifically targeted and effective. 

Sincerely, 

Myrna Melgar

If you need assistance with anything, please contact our office at melgarstaff@sfgov.org and we will try our very best to assist you.

Fixed! A follow-up on Havelock Bridge safety

Although this repair only addresses one aspect of the outstanding issues for the Havelock Pedestrian Bridge, SNA extends a big thanks to D7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar’s office, especially Sunnyside liaison Lila Carrillo, for following up, and to the SFMTA painting department for fixing the problem.

The badly worn-off traffic markings at the intersection of Havelock and Circular were just repainted. At this blind corner, many cars slide through without a stop, endangering people walking and cycling who are entering or exiting the bridge. It’s a great start on completing the project!

Havelock and Circular Ave, Nov. 8, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
One month ago at Havelock and Circular Ave, Nov. 8, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
Havelock and Circular Ave, Dec. 4, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
Havelock and Circular Ave, Dec. 4, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
Havelock and Circular Ave, Dec. 4, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
A clear message now. Havelock and Circular Ave, Dec. 4, 2021. Photo: Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

An opportunity to help improve services to older adults and adults with disabilities

From the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS):

The San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services is currently conducting the 2022 Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment (DFCNA) to understand the strengths, challenges, and gaps in services to older adults and adults with disabilities in San Francisco.

The District 7 Community Forum is taking place on Monday, December 6th 11:00-12:30. Register here .

If residents can’t attend the Zoom forum on Monday they are welcome to attend any other alternate dates for the forum and/or fill out the Dignity Fund survey.

We are hoping to hear from as many older adults as possible to inform the next round of funding for services for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

DAS also has a single webpage corralling all the information about the DFCNA and ways for community members to share their input with the Department. This site is now live: sfhsa.org/DFCNA.

District 7 Public Safety Virtual Town Hall on Nov 18

Supervisor Myrna Melgar invites you to a

PUBLIC SAFETY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm 

WHERE: VIRTUAL – Register/login at https://bit.ly/d7publicsafetypanel 

WATCH LIVE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/myrnamelgard7 

If you’d like to submit your question ahead of time, please e-mail to lila.carrillo@sfgov.org, subject line “11/18 Public Safety Question” 

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES LOGGING IN?  Please call 415.554.6521  

SPEAKERS:

  • Chief William “Bill” Scott, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)
  • Captain Christopher “Chris” Pedrini, SFPD – Park Station 
  • Captain Nicholas Rainsford, SFPD – Taraval Station 
  • Acting Captain Kevin Knoble, SFPD – Ingleside Station 
  • Furlishous Wyatt, Security Services Manager, SF SAFE 
  • Kasie Lee, Interim Chief, Victim Services Division, SF District Attorney’s Office (SFDA)
  • Evanthia “Thia” Pappas ADA, Community Liaison,  SFDA
  • Sheila Johnson, Community Liaison, SFDA

Aug 2: SNA Quarterly Meeting

You are invited to Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s August Quarterly Meeting.

Monday August 2nd, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM via Zoom.

On the agenda: District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar is our guest for the meeting; she’ll share the D7 news and then take your questions. The Detroit Steps Project team will give an update. There will also be updates about the Balboa Reservoir Project, and the newly installed Slow Streets program on Hearst Avenue.

Meeting slides here (PDF 4 MB).

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