District 6

This past year has been difficult for our entire community. On March 16th we, along with other Bay Area Counties, became one of the first jurisdictions in the country to go into shelter-in-place and for the last nine months, our city, and all of our lives, have been turned upside down. Thousands of people have lost their jobs, our health system has been strained to its limits, and many of our small businesses and restaurants are fighting for survival. Here in District 6, the problems that we already face have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Now we're in a second, and hopefully last, Shelter-In-Place to curb the surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations that we are seeing across the state. 

Despite the immense challenges, we have seen our neighbors stepping up to help others, community organizations working non-stop to support children and families, small business and restaurant owners continuing to serve the community, and countless others who saw the needs that this moment called for and stepped up. When I took office last year, I never imagined we’d be here today, responding to a global pandemic. As we continue to work remotely, our team has been doing our best to be responsive and support our residents during this difficult year. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve worked on in 2020:
COVID Response
Personal Protective Equipment Distribution
 
At the beginning of the pandemic, healthcare workers, shelter and supportive housing workers, and other essential workers at the frontlines were hit hard by a lack of personal protective equipment. Our office worked closely with labor unions representing healthcare workers to procure and distribute over 30,000 masks to frontline workers, and in partnership with Epic Church in SOMA, Code Tenderloin, and other community organizations, we passed out thousands of gloves, 100 gallons of hand sanitizer, 1,200 rolls of toilet paper, paper towels, and other vital safety equipment not just to essential organizations in D6 but also our residents. And, with the help of the community, I raised funds to purchase over 30,000 masks to pass out to D6 neighbors. 
 
Protections for Essential Workers
 
Never before has the work of grocery store workers, security guards, and other essential workers been more important. Many of these workers come from communities of color that have been hit hardest by the pandemic and while most of us have had the option to stay home, they’ve been on the front lines making sure that our city continued to function. That’s why I passed an emergency ordinance in April requiring increased employee protections of workers and additional protections for delivery workers and rideshare drivers. This helped protect both essential workers and customers.
 
Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Residents
 
It became clear very early on that leaving thousands of people to live on the streets or in crowded shelters during a pandemic was dangerous and inhumane. That’s why I authored an emergency ordinance that passed unanimously at the Board of Supervisors requiring the City to procure over 8,000 Shelter-In-Place (SIP) hotel rooms to help those living on the streets, as well as essential workers, social distance and stay safe from the virus. Although the Mayor’s office and City Departments fell short of that mandate, we have ultimately housed just over 2,300 individuals. Nonetheless, this crucial program is the largest in the nation and has been essential in protecting people living on the street with serious health conditions and curbing the spread of COVID-19. But this is far from over. Hundreds of people continue to live on the streets of District 6, and last month Mayor Breed and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) announced plans to close the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) hotels without a clear plan for where each person will go. I passed legislation to keep this critical public health hotel program running to keep people off our streets and safe. This will continue to be a top priority for our office going into the new year. 
 
Disaster Service Worker Deployment
 
Early on in the Shelter-In-Place Hotel program, I spent weeks working as Disaster Service Worker in these hotels. I worked alongside City employees from every City department — tax collectors, airport workers, PUC engineers — who have been called on to help people in this time of crisis and anxiety.  Thank you to our DSWs and workers on the frontlines.
 
Eviction Moratorium
 
COVID-19 devastated our businesses and left tens of thousands of San Franciscans out of a job and unable to pay rent. Locally, I co-authored an eviction moratorium, which has protected thousands of renters from being evicted from their homes and businesses from losing their commercial space during this pandemic. But a moratorium is not going to stop tenants and small landlords from building up massive debts. That’s why, along with Supervisor Preston and Supervisor Ronen, introduced a resolution calling for a rent AND mortgage moratorium.   
 
Food Security & Meal Distribution
 
Food security has become a major issue for many District 6 residents and this is especially true for our residents in the Tenderloin and Treasure Island. When our schools closed and families were left with limited access to meals, I worked with SFUSD to make sure that Treasure Island was included in the food pick-up sites. This led to a partnership with Treasure Island residents, SFUSD, One Treasure Island, and TIDA to provide Treasure Island children with 2-3 days worth of shelf-stable breakfast, lunch, and snacks to take home each week. I also partnered with Treasure Island restaurant, Mersea, to provide 100 free hot meals each week. In the Tenderloin, we worked with DCYF and the Salvation Army Kroc Center to establish a meal and grocery pick up site, and recently supported the TL CBD to open a pop-up food pantry with the SF Marin Food Bank. A list of all the food resources in the City right now can be found here.
 
Slow Streets & Shared Space
 
Before the pandemic, we knew that the Tenderloin and its residents were in need of safer streets and more space for pedestrians and youth to play. With the Tenderloin being one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods in addition to its relatively unsafe streets, we pushed to find a solution to decrease overcrowding and increase safety for pedestrians and make safe spaces for individuals to be active outdoors. In partnership with SFMTA, we allowed for the closure blocks in the Tenderloin on Saturdays to allow for safe spaces for youth to play. There have also been initiatives for Jones Street and Turk Street to be more foot-friendly for pedestrians by increasing the width of the walkways. Throughout this process, I have remained committed to greater change to improve the streets and safety of the Tenderloin
 
Small Businesses and Restaurants
 
Every day, I hear from friends and constituents in my district and across the City who cannot make it another month if we don’t support their business in some way. Businesses have been forced to shut down or drastically scale back operations, including many during the last few weeks, and there was no plan in place to assist them with immediate support to ensure their survival. Hundreds of businesses and workers have reached out to all of our offices with devastating news of having to furlough or lay off their employees during the holidays with little notice. 

That’s why I called for a Special Board Meeting last Tuesday, during our regularly scheduled winter recess with a hearing on the impacts of adopting the new regional stay at home order on small businesses. At the hearing I asked the Budget and Legislative Analyst, the Controller's office, Office Economic and Work for Development, the Office of Small Business, the Entertainment Commission and the Department of Public Health to answer questions and present a plan on how we are providing financial relief for small businesses that have have been forced to shut down or scale back operations because of the recent order, financial assistance to workers that have been furloughed/laid off or those that have lost significant income from the recent order, and clarity on data markers and triggers for making shutdown decisions.

Over 100 small business owners called in to public comment. You can watch the hearing here at around the 2:29 mark.
 
Community Town Halls / Neighborhood Zoom Meetings
 
During the pandemic, we made sure to continue to be accessible to our constituents even as CIty Hall remains closed to the public. We’ve held district-wide town halls, smaller town halls and meetings with individual neighborhoods, buildings, and resident groups and bringing in representatives from different City Departments to address the issues. You can find dates for our upcoming neighborhood Town Halls below or if you would like to request one for your building/neighborhood, please email haneystaff@sfgov.org.
 
In the midst of the pandemic, my office has also continued to pursue an aggressive legislative agenda to tackle the biggest issues in District 6 and across the City: mental health, clean streets, corruption, wealth inequality, and homelessness. 
Mental Health SF
 
Last year I worked with Supervisor Ronen to pass the historic Mental Health SF to fundamentally change our inadequate mental health and substance abuse care system. This year, we were able to secure full funding for the program and at the end of November, the first Street Crisis Response Team was launched. This team, the first of six, will respond to 911 calls about non-violent mental health and addiction without involving police and eventually operate 24/7.
Clean Streets
 
 
Since taking office, I’ve made clean streets a priority. We have some of the dirtiest streets in the county and in the context of an unprecedented public health crisis, clean and sanitary neighborhoods are even more vital for the health and safety of our residents. This year, we’ve been able to pass some crucial legislation to clean up our streets and take steps to accomplish my 10 Point Plan for a Clean and Healthy Downtown San Francisco.
 
Bathroom Legislation and Handwashing Stations
 
In May, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation requiring the creation of at least 49 bathrooms across the City, with pit stops required to be open 24 hours in areas with the greatest need. A little over a year ago we had zero 24 hour bathrooms in San Francisco, I made this a top priority to change that, and now we have over 50 citywide.
 
Big Belly Trash Cans
 
In July, we were thrilled to see the installation of 68 Big Belly trash cans over 50 square blocks in the Tenderloin. Since I’ve taken office, I’ve helped deploy over 100 big bellies in D6. Unlike the ineffective and poorly managed trash cans we currently have, these Big Belly trash cans hold more trash, provide an alert when it needs to be emptied, and make it impossible for people to dig through them. 
 
Department of Streets and Sanitation
 
 
Right now, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone living in San Francisco who would believe our streets and sidewalks are being adequately cleaned and maintained. More trash cans and bathrooms isn't enough if you don't have accountability for street cleaning. Given the ongoing corruption investigation that began with the former Director of Public work, it was clear we needed a change in how the City addressed street cleaning. I’m proud to have introduced a ballot initiative (Prop B), which passed overwhelmingly this past November to create the Department of Sanitation and Streets that will be singularly focused on solving our filthy streets. The department is set to launch in 2022. 
Overpaid Executive Tax
 
San Francisco is one of the most unequal cities in the country. As thousands of residents in our District and across the city lost their jobs, the biggest companies continued to make billions of dollars. At the same time, we are struggling to pay our healthcare workers and hire more nurses, mental health workers, and other frontline workers. That’s why I introduced the Overpaid Executive Tax (Prop L) that voters passed this past election. This would tax those companies who have CEOs that make more than 100 times the median salary of their employees. It’s a modest tax increase that won’t hurt these companies, but will provide tens of millions of dollars to the city to help offset the impacts of these inequities. 
Fighting Corruption
Shortly before shelter-in-place, our city was rocked by the arrest of former Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru marking the public start of a still ongoing corruption investigation. Just a few weeks ago, the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was charged in bribery as the case continues to unfold. It’s unacceptable that the people in charge of some of the biggest departments in our City government are charged with working for their own personal benefit rather than that of the public. It was clear that there were too many loopholes and weak laws to prevent bad actors from taking advantage of our system. That’s why I introduced a legislation package to close the self oversight loophole and stop shakedown donations, as well as co-sponsored hearings on the investigation and legislation to ensure greater scrutiny in contracting. 
Chairing Joint Schools Committee for Schools and City College
Our schools were the first to close when San Francisco entered into Shelter-In-Place back in March. We never thought at the time that we were looking at a closure that would last a few months, let alone almost a year. As Chair of the Joint City and Schools Committee, I called bi-weekly meetings to bring together SF Unified School District, City College of San Francisco, and City government to understand the challenges our education institutions, families, and students are facing, give them a platform to share concerns, and work collaboratively to find ways for the City to support planned re-openings. 

When I served on the Board of Education I fought to bring a school to Mission Bay. Late last month, the San Francisco Unified School District unveiled the design of the elementary school, the first new public school in nearly 15 years. Mission Bay is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods with many families and children moving into new construction. I will continue to work with the School District to ensure that the school opens as quickly as possible.
Budget Priorities This Year
 

This year, in the context of devastating economic impacts of COVID, we were able to secure funding to make historic investments in mental health, treatment, housing, eviction protection, COVID response, food security, small biz, avoiding layoffs:

  • Full implementation of Mental Health SF, including a 24/7 crisis intervention street teams to provide meaningful street outreach to people w addiction or mental illness and a 24/ 7Mental Health SF Service Center

  • Over $4 million more to support Community Hubs to give our kids and families neighborhood-based, in-person support as they navigate distance learning, including dedicated funding for a large SOMA Community Hub

  • Significant investments in programs to transition people off the streets with housing subsidies for seniors, tenants displaced during COVID, and homeless families and transitional-aged youth

  • Moving funds from law enforcement to make new investments to support the Black community

  • Food security for underserved communities most impacted by COVID, including significant investments in food deserts like the Tenderloin

  • Increased funding for Tenant Right to Counsel, a critical program providing free legal representation for tenants facing eviction

  • Community-led “placemaking” programs that will activate alleyways and streets across the district, with a focus in SOMA

  • New investments in Drug Sobering Facilities, dozens of new case managers, Urgent Care Clinics, and short and long term recovery beds

  • Supporting cost of living adjustments for the lowest-wage workers in the City and stopping layoffs

  • And many more programs that our constituents have identified like Community Safety Ambassadors on the streets of the TL, increased power washing for corridors in SOMA & Rincon Hill, workforce development opportunities, mobile showers, COVID testing, and more

2021 Town Halls
 
January 11 - Speaking at South Beach Rincon Hill Mission Bay Neighborhood Association 
Thursday, January 14, 5:30PM - SOMA Town Hall
Thursday, January 28, 5:30PM - TL Town Hall
Wednesday, February 10. 5:30PM - Treasure Island Town Hall
Thursday, February 25, 5:30PM - Mission Bay Town Hall

We will also continue to hold smaller meetings to better serve our local neighborhoods. Please don’t hesitate to email haneystaff@sfgov.org if you would like to set something up. 
 
Here is a summary of where to find all the information you need: 
  1. The City’s Central Resource 
  2. Health Information & Updates 
  3. Resources for Employers/Businesses & Employees
  4. FAQs 
  5. Resources for people experiencing homelessness
If you have further questions or need to get in touch with my office, you can email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org and we will respond to your inquiry as fast as we can. I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.

Happy Holidays and have a safe and healthy New Year!

In community, 
Matt 
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

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Term

  • Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

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