COVID-19 Resources

Our work is more urgent than ever. We’ve had to rapidly pivot our work once this Pandemic hit, to focus on keeping the unhoused community safe. One of the major changes is that our Street Sheet is now out of print – for the first time in our history! Additionally, we’ve suspended our pre-coronavirus work groups, Human Rights and Housing Justice, and created three new work groups detailed below.

If interested in joining one of these work groups, please email the lead organizer listed. If you would like to join our daily (M-F) policy zoom calls, please email oglowacki@cohsf.org to get on our COVID daily email list.

a graphic of our new work group set up. Text to follow below.

Hotel Rooms Not Hospital Beds
(email Keegan [they/he pronouns] kmedrano@cohsf.org)

Policy & Organizing Objectives:

-Ensure all willing unhoused people and those vulnerable in SROs have access to hotel rooms
-Ensure Hotels are treating people with dignity
-Fight for those being released from hotels to get into permanent
housing
-Eliminate city imposed barriers 

Tactics:

-Follow up on legislation/get Mayor to sign
-Protest: car, housing takeovers
-Petitions
-Open Letters
-Media work
-Mutual Aid – mobilize volunteers and staff to address staffing

Safety on the Streets
(email Kelley [she/her pronouns] kcutler@cohsf.org)

Policy & Organizing Objectives:

-Halt sweeps and move along orders
-Provide tents and hygiene stations for those inside and outside organized encampments
-Ensure people in government funded sites are treated with dignity
-Push for opening of Parks

Tactics:

-Outreach
-Support community organized encampments & monitor for sweeps
-Monitor access to hygiene stations, bathrooms, situation on streets
-Distribute tents and supplies
-Social & traditional media
-Open letter, petitions

Safety and Testing in Congregate Settings
(email Armando [he/him pronouns] agarcia@cohsf.org)

Policy & Organizing Objectives:

-Shut down shelters – move everyone to private room hotels
-Test everyone in shelters, SROs and streets
-Ensure dignity and human rights in shelter and other congregate settings
-Equitable access to due process and freedom from repressive rules

Tactics:

-Outreach
-Monitor conditions in shelters and respond to information as needed
-Report issues on importance of testing from medical professionals
-Hold press conferences and briefings
-Work with private tester to coordinate tests
-Pass resolutions or legislation requiring testing