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July 1, 2020 

A Message From The Supervisor:

A lot is happening in our nation and our City as we grapple with the effects of injustice in our African American community at the same time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will get through this together and create an even stronger City where all people can feel safe and supported.

Please don't hesitate to email us at SafaiStaff@sfgov.org or call us at 1-415-554-6976 if we can assist you in any way and we will immediately respond. 

Thank you all for your time, cooperation, and perseverance -- we will all get through this together! 

Sincerely,





Supervisor Ahsha Safai 
Coronavirus Posters Can Be Requested In English, Spanish, Chinese and Multi-Lingual Information For Free In San Francisco

All, please know that you can request coronavirus posters and flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and multi-lingual information to hand out or post in your business. 

You can pick up materials at the Emergency Operations Center at Moscone South, 747 Howard St, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Park at the front and tell security you're picking up posters.

Delivery within San Francisco is available on Fridays.

For more information, please click here: 

https://sf.gov/get-coronavirus-posters-and-flyers 


 
Fourth Of July Is Around The Corner -- Please Dial 311 If Fireworks Are Illegally Used By Individuals In District 11

Supervisor Safai understands that July 4th can cause discomfort to many people in District 11, and their furry family members, as such the District 11 office wanted to let everyone know that when the illegal fireworks begin, and per Captain Woon's directive, you should immediately dial 3-1-1. 

All, please be safe and mindful of your surroundings and neighbors.


 
Mayor London Breed Extends San Francisco's Eviction Moratorium 

On June 26, 2020, Mayor London Breed issued a new Order extending San Francisco’s eviction moratorium, details as to what this means for you are below.

On April 22, 2020, April 30, 2020, and then June 26, 2020, Mayor Breed issued Orders revising and extending San Francisco’s eviction moratorium. Per the latest extension – June 26, 2020 Order – a landlord cannot evict a  residential tenant for a missed rent payment that became due during the eviction moratorium until January 31, 2020 or later (six months after the Mayor’s Order expires) IF: 

(1) The missed rent payment BECAME DUE after March 13, 2020 but before the expiration of the eviction moratorium (currently, July 31, 2020) AND 
(2) The tenant was unable to pay rent because of the financial impacts related to COVID-19.    

Exceptions to the no-eviction Order: The Mayor’s Order does temporarily ban all residential evictions, including those in progress, but the Order does not protect evictions due to violence, or health and safety issues (rare, limited cases). 

Timing: At the time of the missed rent payment, the tenant should notify the landlord and provide supporting documentation if they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts of COVID-19. However, failure to provide notice and/or documentation to the landlord does not affect a tenant’s ability to claim the protections of the Rent Payment Extension as a defense to an eviction lawsuit for non-payment of rent. If an eviction lawsuit is filed, the tenant will be required to provide supporting documentation in court, although the court has discretion to waive this requirement in some circumstances.
 
What does “financial impacts” mean? For purposes of the Rent Payment Extension, “financial impacts” means a substantial loss of household income due to business closure, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, layoffs, or extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses. A financial impact is “related to COVID-19” if it was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s Proclamation, the Local Health Officer’s Declaration of Local Health Emergency, or orders or recommended guidance related to COVID-19 from local, state, or federal authorities.  

Landlords and tenants are strongly encouraged to discuss payment plans for the tenant to repay all or a portion of the back rent. However, a payment plan may not shorten the six-month extension period or otherwise require a tenant to waive any of the protections of the Mayor’s Order. 

Lastly, this past week the San Francisco-based Apartment List – a source that tracks month-to-month fluctuations in rents for cities across the United States – found that rents in San Francisco, as of today, are down 2.3% since March of 2020. To read the latest Rent Report: San Francisco, please click here: 

https://www.apartmentlist.com/ca/san-francisco#rent-report  


Link to the most recent (June 26, 2020) Eviction Moratorium Order that was signed by Mayor London Breed, please click here: 

https://sfmayor.org/sites/default/files/Executive%20Order_Residential_Ev...


Link to the City-run website that provides a summary of key laws and regulations for tenants and landlords here in San Francisco, please click here: 


https://sf.gov/information/about-covid-19-eviction-and-rent-increase-mor...


Link to a good resource that summarizes existing laws and rights of tenants and landlords in San Francisco, the San Francisco Rent Board, please click here: 

https://sfrb.org/temporary-eviction-moratorium  


For further information regarding the Rent Payment Extension for landlords and tenants you can review the Rules and Regulations published by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), please click here: 

https://sfrb.org/sites/default/files/Document/What%27s%20New/FINAL%20evi...


Resources for Landlords: 

1) Call or email the Bar Association of San Francisco CIS Program at 415-782-8940 or cis@sfbar.org

2) Call the San Francisco Apartment Association at 415-255-2288 or visit their contact page and reach out via email by clicking here: https://www.sfaa.org/Public/Contact.aspx 
 
Resources for Tenants: 

1) Call or email Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) at 415-513-5177 or info@bishopsf.org

2) Call Causa Justa: Just Cause at 415-487-9203

3) Call Chinatown Community Development Center at 415-984-2730

4) Call Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco at 415-703-8634 

5) Call or email the South of Market Community Action Network at 760-913-8913 or tenantcounseling@somcan.org

6) Call or email the SF Tenants Union at  415-282-6622 or info@sftu.org  

7) Call or email Tenderloin Housing Clinic CEOP at 415-775-7110 ext. 1702 or allyn@thclinic.org



 

Public Documents Available Regarding Give2SF Shared By The Controller's Office
 
The Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (Give2SF) is a special fund established by the City and County of San Francisco (City) as part of the Second Supplement to Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency, dated February 25, 2020, and issued on March 13, 2020.

On June 26, 2020, the Controller published a memorandum summarizing those monetary and in-kind donations, below you'll find links to the various components of that summary. 

To read the Controller's latest summary, please click here: 

https://sfcontroller.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Auditing/Give2SF%...

To view the monetary donations attachment, please click here:

http://openbook.sfgov.org/webreports/details3.aspx?id=2841  

To view the in-kind donations attachment, please click here:

http://openbook.sfgov.org/webreports/details3.aspx?id=2842  

 
Walk and Wave Wednesday In District 11

The District 11 office was informed by a group of constituents that every Wednesday at noon they meet at 1532 Cayuga (ask for Ms. Mary, the owner) and then head out as a group, by foot, to Alemany while holding homemade signs with friendly and community oriented messages (a simple, "hi" or "hello") and waving to those simply passing by or driving by. 

This weekly activity is meant to encourage morale in a time of imposed isolation and to also provide space for people to socialize safely. Note, to participate you MUST have a face mask on and you must also comply with social distancing, and please remember to bring your own sign! Enjoy!

 

LGBTQIA+-Specific Community Services During The Coronavirus Outbreak 

The City has created a public-run website for San Franciscans to find easily accessible resources for individuals who are LGBTQIA+, this website will provide information on legal help, rental assistance, youth resources, health resources, and will also provide access to more resources for our LGBTQIA+ family. 

To learn more, please click here: 

https://sf.gov/information/get-lgbtq-community-services-during-coronavir...

Happy Pride Month!


 
San Francisco's Great Plates Program 

The Great Plates Delivered SF is a temporary food program that delivers three restaurant meals a day to eligible adults during COVID-19. 

The Program is free and runs through July 10, 2020. 

Who Qualifies?

Older adults in the San Francisco community who need access to healthy and nutritious meals and who meet ALL of the following criteria: 

(1) Aged 65 or older, as well as older adults who are aged 60-64 and in high-risk categories (i.e., people who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have underlying health conditions).

(2) Unable to obtain or make their own meals.

(3) Living alone or with one other adult who also meets these criteria.
(i) Earning less than $74,940 for a single-person household or $101,460 for two-person households.

Older adults who currently receive state or federal food assistance such as CalFresh or home-delivered meals should contact the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS) helpline at (415) 355-6700 to understand their eligibility for this program or other assistance.

How To Enroll? 

You can either: 

(1) Call (415) 355-6700 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may experience long wait times due to high call volumes.

OR

(2) Or complete the online interest form (English | Español | 中文). A DAS representative will call you back as soon as possible.

To see if someone you know may qualify for this program or other services, please call (415) 355-6700 or visit 
https://www.sfhsa.org/services/health-food/groceries-and-meals/great-pla...

The City's helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

*Side Note: That the Department of Disability and Aging Services helpline is now open seven days a week to older adults and adults with disabilities to assist with everyday tasks and connect them to volunteers who may be able to provide assistance. To learn more, please click here: 


https://www.sfhsa.org/services/protection-safety/emergency-preparedness-...



 
IMPORTANT: The San Francisco Unified School District's Fall Learning Town Halls: July 6-9, 2020

The San Francisco Unified School District ("S.F.U.S.D.") has contacted the Board of Superviors and staff to provide us with the dates to the virtual town halls it is sponsoring to discuss the reopening of public schools in the fall.

Note, the town halls will be via youtube live and S.F.U.S.D. will follow-up with instructions on how to sign-up/register but please take note of these dates and the language-specific accessibility to some of the hearings.

To learn more about the upcoming town halls, again, to discuss fall reopening of public schools, please click here:

https://www.sfusd.edu/services/health-wellness/covid-19-coronavirus-reso...


Details regarding language accessiblity:
 Cantonese-speakers town hall (7/7), Spanish-speakers town hall (7/9), and Student town hall (7/9). Note, Superintendent Matthews will be attending these town halls, and the rest of the town halls (seven) are listed in the link I provided above. 

 

Transit Modifications For The 9 Bay Area Counties Because Of COVID-19 And The Shelter-In-Place Orders

Because of COVID-19, there are several transit modifications or reductions in place that have been implemented by each of the 9 Bay Area counties. 

To ensure that you have the latest information regarding transit services across all counties in the Bay Area, please click here: 

https://511.org/alerts/emergencies/coronavirus 

The above-noted website will provide you with updates on any one of the following matters: 

(1) Transit Agencies Status (e.g., AC Transit, ACE, BART, Blue & Gold Fleet, Caltrain, Capitol Corridor, etc.)

(2) Supplemental Late Night Service

(3) Express Lane Status

(4) Bay Area Bridges Status

(5) Bike/Pedestrian Bridge Access

(6) Sign-Up for Emergency Alerts

Of course, in addition to getting the latest information (by clicking on the website I shared), please be sure to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing. Be safe!
San Francisco Water Power Sewer: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program

Because of COVID-19, many San Franciscans are struggling to make ends meet and pay for basic utilities (e.g., power, sewer, and water services), and, in an attempt to help San Franciscans who are struggling in these difficult times, the SFPUC has created the COVID-19 Emergency Customer Assistance Program. 

What is the COVID-19 Emergency Customer Assistance Program? 

Anyone who has recently lost their job -- even if you are receiving unemployment benefits -- you may qualified for reduced utility rates. 

What does the COVID-19 Emergency Customer Assistance Program provide? 

The Program provides the following utility bill discounts: 

*Water -- 15%

*Sewer -- 35%

*Hetch-Hetchy Power -- 30%

To learn more about the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, please click here: 

https://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=1326 

Please note, this is a TEMPORARY PROGRAM THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ELECTRICITY BILL DISCOUNTS TO COSTUMERS ENROLLED IN CleanPowerSF. For electricity bill discounts and financial assistance available to CleanPowerSF customers, please click here: 

https://www.cleanpowersf.org/loweryourbill 

Lastly, if you would like to discuss flexible payment plans for CleanPowerSF, you can call 1-800-743-5000. 



 
Legislative UpdateThis
Update On City Facilities And Public Access

As the City and County of San Francisco begins to slowly re-open, so has her various Departments in City Hall. To find out which City services are open during the COVID-19 outbreak and our Shelter-In-Place Order, please click here: 

https://sf.gov/information/city-services-whats-open 

This website has crucial information for important services that many San Franciscans rely on, for example: notary signature authentication, marriage records, professional registrations, public libraries, permits, and so on. 

Please be sure to check the website and confirm that the service or Department you are looking for is in fact open to the public. Thank you. 

 

San Francisco's Essential Worker Ride Home Program

The City’s new Essential Worker Ride Home program supports essential employees in San Francisco impacted by public transportation reductions. The program offers a taxi ride home from work to qualifying participants. To be eligible, you must commute to work via a sustainable mode of transportation and commute home between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. 
 
To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please click here: 

https://sfenvironment.org/essential-worker-ride-home 

COVID-19 Testing In San Francisco

San Francisco is providing expanded COVID-19 testing for San Francisco residents. Below, more details and information for your convenience. 


Citywide Test Sites: 

(1) Fillmore Pop-Up Testing Site: 
Cathedral of St. Mayr's (details already provided above)

(2) City College Pop-Up Testing Site
50 Friday Kahlo Way I HC-100
Monday-Friday: 7AM-7PM
*Sites 1 and 2 will test people WITHOUT SYMPTOMS (i.e., people who are asymptomatic) BUT you must make an appointments, please visit sf.gov/GetTestedSF 

(3) Embarcadero
Pier 30/32
Monday-Sunday: 8AM-6PM

(4) SOMA 
7th and Brannan
Monday-Friday: 9AM-5PM
*Sites (3) and (4) require that you schedule a test by either clicking here 
OR calling 311

(5) Castro Mission
3850 17th Street
Monday-Friday: 9AM-5PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-4PM

(6) Maxine Hall 
1181 Golden Gate Avenue
Monday-Friday: 8AM-5PM

(7) Southeast Health Center
2401 Keith Street
Monday-Friday: 8AM-5PM

(8) ZSFG
1001 Potrero Avenue
Monday-Friday: 9AM-6PM
*PLEASE CALL 415-682-1740 to schedule a test at one of these locations (5)-(8)

(9) Mission Neighborhood Health Center
Shotwell Parking Lot, 240 Shotwell Street
Monday-Friday: 8AM-5PM
*To schedule a test for this specific cite, please call 415-552-3870.

To learn more information about getting tested in general, please click here:

https://sf.gov/find-out-how-get-tested-coronavirus 

 
 
 
 
 
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