The Latest: San Francisco panel to vote on homeless shelter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a homeless shelter in San Francisco (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

People are speaking out at a San Francisco port commission meeting over whether to approve a new homeless center in a waterfront neighborhood.

Resident Janet Lawson, who is opposed to the 200-bed shelter, said there is no way that the site along the Embarcadero is the only place for such a center.

She criticized San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who proposed the plan, for thinking about the next election instead of engaging with concerned residents.

Supporter Spencer Hudson urged commissioners to think about their humanity and their compassion and to say yes to leasing land to the city for a homeless navigation center.

The meeting room is packed.


3:15 p.m.

San Francisco port commissioners are deciding whether to approve a new homeless shelter along the city’s touristy and residential Embarcadero.

Angry waterfront residents have packed meetings opposing the shelter that could house up to 200 people. They even shouted down Mayor London Breed, who proposed the shelter, and have vowed to sue if it’s approved.

Supporters say the homeless need a safe place to sleep and that the city is in crisis.

The Port of San Francisco owns the land for the proposed shelter site. Staff are recommending commissioners approve an initial two-year lease with the city’s homelessness department in a vote Tuesday.

The idyllic site has sparked an intense debate among residents, with both sides raising hundreds of thousands of dollars online in campaigns for and against the shelter.