Our City Our Home – GLIDE has been a leader in the “Our City Our Home” movement which pushed Prop C to victory last fall by a 61%. This historic measure provided enough funding to end chronic, family, and youth homelessness in San Francisco. Opponents of the measure brought a lawsuit which has delayed the distribution of funds.
In the meantime, GLIDE has worked through the Our City Our Home Coalition to advocate for increased funding for housing and services. This budget cycle, the result has been an additional 473 new housing units/subsides, 1,355 households receiving shelter and emergency back-rent services, 110 emergency housing units for homeless youth, substantially increased mental health and substance use services, additional employment services, and new 24hr public bathrooms for the neighborhood. The total budgetary increase was nearly twenty five million dollars.
Once the lawsuit resolves, we as a City will finally be able to provide resources to meet the needs of the approximately 20,000 people who experience homelessness each year in SF. Prop C already had our first day in court this quarter. The judge sided strongly with our arguments, even adding several of his own to bolster our case. We feel confident that the measure will eventually be validated by the courts, as does the City Attorney of San Francisco.
April 2018: begin signature gathering to reach minimum threshold of 9,000 signatures
July 2018: reached a record breaking 26,000 signatures
July 2018: qualified for ballot
July – October 2018: fundraising, garnering thousands of volunteers, hiring more than 200 people experiencing homelessness to knock on 30,000 doors and call 69,000 voters. Won wide support from elected officials such as Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Phil Ting, and Mark Leno as well as various individuals like Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Roma Guy, iconic LGBT and Women’s Rights activist, Danny Glover, Chris Rock, and Marc Benioff. We had more than 100 community organizations support us, even ones which have traditionally been at odds like the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club.
November 2018: Election day – Prop C passes with 62% of voter support