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Behind the Scenes: A Discussion about City Policy on Homelessness

Mental health challenges can often lead to homelessness - or the other way around. What is San Francisco doing to help people who are facing mental health challenges get off the streets? What programs exist to assist them? And what can you do to help? Join us in discussion with Jason Albertson, LCSW, from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and ECS's Grace Telcs, LCSW, and Marc Rappaport, MFT, at ECS's Spring Speaker Series, hosted by our friends at Clever.

Behind the Scenes: A Discussion about City Policy on Homelessness

Thanks for everyone who join ECS Tuesday, September 20, from 6-8 p.m. for the fourth installment of our “Behind the Scenes” speaker series, hosted this time by Atlassian, for a dynamic presentation by Jeff Kositsky, the new Department’s first Director, and ECS’s Executive Director Ken Reggio. Jeff discussed current and planned initiatives addressing homelessness in San Francisco and Ken highlighted related ballot measures. To see our ECS's recommendations on how to vote this November, click here.

ECS and Pinterest Bring You a "Behind the Scenes" Look
at Food Insecurity in San Francisco

Thanks to everyone who joined us Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. as we hosted the third installment in our "Behind the Scenes" speaker series, taking a look into food insecurity in San Francisco and big thanks to Pinterest for hosting!

Three members of San Francisco's Food Security Task Force: ECS's Associate Director, Karen Gruneisen; Paula Jones, PhD, MA, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Office of Equity and Quality Improvement; and Teri Olle, Director of Policy & Advocacy, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank discussed the scope and impact of food insecurity in San Francisco, including on ECS's tenants, shelter residents, students and clients, as well as the City's work toward its amelioration. Our presenters also offered concrete suggestions of how the community could contribute to our City's goal of ending hunger by 2020.

ECS and Zendesk Bring You a "Behind the Scenes" Look
at Supportive Housing

Thanks to everyone who joined us Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. as we hosted the second installment in our "Behind the Scenes" speaker series, addressing solutions to homelessness in San Francisco and big thanks to Zendesk for hosting!

Supervisor Jane Kim and ECS's Director of Housing Development and Asset Management, Liz Pocock, highlighted the successes and the challenges of supportive housing and fielded questions and comments and the audience.

Check out photos from the event here!

About the Speakers:

Supervisor Jane Kim, District 6, City and County of San Francisco
Jane Kim was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2010. She represents District 6, which includes Civic Center, South of Market, Mission Bay, the Tenderloin, Treasure Island, and Yerba Buena Island. Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors, she served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. Kim’s main policy priorities include land use and affordable housing production, homelessness, pedestrian safety, public education, economic justice and development, and supporting capacity building for non-profits and neighborhood organizations in her District. This year, Kim has had the opportunity to serve on the Land Use Committee, which makes recommendations on small to large land use development projects, area plans and reforms to our Planning Code. District 6 is currently seeing another jump in development growth - the Planning Department stated that roughly 80% of the growth is happening in 20% of our City, and most of this development is occurring in District 6.

Liz Pocock, ECS Director of Housing Development and Asset Management
Liz Pocock has worked in affordable and supportive housing since 1999. Prior to joining ECS, Liz was Director of Property Management for Citizens Housing Corporation for five years. Liz also spent four years working with asset management and affordable home ownership programs at the Los Angeles Community Design Center (now Abode Communities) and began her career at Community Corporation of Santa Monica. Liz has been with ECS for six years and has played a huge role in upgrading our housing sites, developing strong relationships with property management companies, and securing funding for rehabilitation and new development proposals.

ECS and Twitter bring you a "Behind the Scenes" Look at Addressing Solutions to Homelessness

Thanks to everyone who joined us on March 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm as we hosted our first "Behind the Scenes" event in a series addressing solutions to homelessness in San Francisco. Director of HOPE Bevan Dufty and ECS Director of Shelters Kathy Treggiari talked about the challenges and opportunities to engage and assist long-term homeless people. They highlighted the "Navigation Center", a pilot which opened this spring in the heart of the Mission, bringing homeless people in from the streets and sidewalks and under freeways. Individuals can stay temporarily at the Center with "partners, pets, and possessions" while an army of workers helps them land housing.

And it's wasn't all serious. We enjoyed finger food, beer, wine and soda, courtesy of our friends at Twitter, who got to show off their phenomenal headquarters.

About the Speakers:

Bevan Dufty, Director of HOPE
Bevan Dufty is Director of HOPE (Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement) for the City and County of San Francisco. HOPE is dedicated to addressing homeless services and better outcomes for individuals who are homeless or live in supportive housing. Bevan has more than 18 years of public service to the City and County of San Francisco, including five years as the City's Director of Neighborhood Services and eight years on the Board of Supervisors. Bevan has worked hard to address homelessness, strongly supporting the City's Housing First approach that dramatically expanded supportive housing.

Kathy Treggiari, Director of ECS Shelters
Kathy Treggiari is a seasoned professional in homeless services, with 16 years of senior management experience in various agencies including Resources for Community Development, Community Housing Partnership, Harbor Homes and Lowell Transitional Living Center. Kathy has been working as the Director of Shelters at ECS for the past five years. Her job includes overseeing two 24-hour emergency shelters (The Sanctuary and Next Door Shelters), the Winter Interfaith Shelter (open from Nov - Feb), and the SF Shelters Treatment Access and Resource Team (SF START), which provides mental health and substance abuse counseling and housing assistance to all individuals in the SF homeless shelter network.