JOEL ON HOMELESSNESS
We must address homelessness with compassion and accountability. Tent encampments on our sidewalks are unsafe, unsanitary and unacceptable. We can offer assistance without allowing unruly behavior. We must review the contracts with all the non-profit organizations that City Hall uses to provide homeless services and investigate where money can be saved by eliminating redundancies. One-third of the homeless population in San Francisco has a mental illness and we must treat the underlying condition. We should expand the Behavioral Health Court — a program for mentally ill people that works — and strengthen Laura’s Law so so the people suffering on our streets can get treatment.