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and child care are connected. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors, and i know you've been sitting there so attendtientative for e comments. i teach over at c-5 children's center over in the state building across the street, and i'm also the proud parent of a recent graduate from the ruth r. salas school of the arts. i thank you for investing in that k-12 education. i'm here because as early childhood educators, we are often invisible.
people don't even think about us, and yet, we build the brains that go into your k-12 education. when a child is born, their brain is one-quarter of the size of an adult's, and every second, 1 million neurons are connected when they're in our care. more than will ever happen in their lifetimes. we know through science that this happens through a process called epigenersis, it happens in response to their environment, it happens in response to lover caregivers, and it happens in response to a stable, consistent caregiver. so if we don't have that, those children's brains will not be in the top optimal form for when they go through kindergarten through 12th grade. so i thank you. i know we're making a clear ask for $30 million, which is like half a slice of pie.
but i thank you for your time and attention. thank you. >> sir, you can go ahead. >> okay. good afternoon. my name is liuis castillo, andi live in the tenderloin. i'm a volunteer for the boys and girls park, and i live in b bodega park. it's beautiful to see the children and have somewhere to go. and i also think that the money should go for everything -- should be for education for the children. but i also -- you know, i go -- i live in the tenderloin. i also do community organizing, and i have to go onto the sidewalks on the streets, and i see the problem of
homelessness. and they also need help, and they need real assistance because there's a lot of drug addiction. and i thank you for all your work, and i'll keep it short and simple. thank you. >> hi. i know you've been listen being to a lot of folk -- listening to a lot of folks, and i appreciate your attention. i am flo kelley, and i live in district nine. this really feels like a decision, like sophie's choice. please release the rainy day funds. in san francisco for 18 years, i worked in the world of child care and early childhood education in a variety of jobs. and then, for 15 years, i was a
special ed public schoolteacher. and after retirement, i am now a day-to-day sub. and i could have worn my uesf t-shirt today, but i didn't. i know that there are unsung heros in early childhood education and in public school. i have seen them, i have -- they're my friends. and now, i volunteer for the coalition on homelessness because in my professional life, i saw the devastating results of children and families without secure housing and how it affects those children and continues to affect those children as teenagers and even when they become adults. i think housing first is the basic foundation of a child's life. clearly, we need to expand eraf
through the $52 million in rainy day reserve funds to benefit early childhood education, public schoolteachers, and people experiencing homelessness. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is bill hirsch. i'm the director of the aids legal referral panel in san francisco, and i serve as a cochair of the hiv/aids provider network. there is no greater issue than people living -- issue for people living with hiv than housing. we are committed to getting to zero new hiv infections and zero new hiv-related deaths. in order to advance those goals, we have to address the crisis of homelessness for
people living with hiv and aids. we can do more in preventing homelessness by funding housing subsidies for seniors and adults with disabilities, and it is clear that the mental health system in san francisco is failing the community. we need additional resources to address the mental health needs of the community. we need intensive levels of support for people with very acute mental illness living on the streets. thank you. [speaking spanish language] >> good afternoon, supervisor. my name is jacqueline reyes, and i'm a mother of two, a
one-year-old and a five-year-old. i'm here because all the children need child care, and quality child care. i need to work. i know that when you -- i'm right now in the waiting list, and i'm trying to go back to work, but i'm also worrying and stressed out, and when you're worried and stressed out, you cannot take care of your family. please invest the $60 million
in child care and also in support of the children. thank you very much for listening. [end of translation] >> hi, supervisors. my name is lourdes garcia, and i'm just here to make sure that you know the difference between general education and early schoolhood and childhood education. i know that everybody's here saying let's invest in education, youth to 18, but there is a difference. it's an opportunity for the parents to make a difference in the lives of our children, but
there's also a difference between early child care and education. i want to thank the supervisor ronen because she's been very active in the community and in opening a shelter at hora horace mann. but i also want you to know that we are the community and we're trying to work together. so please do not support education only, but early childhood and education. there's 3,000 children on that list. please give them your support. thank you. >> hello. my name is elia fernandez, and i'm the grandmother of six g d grand kids, and one of my daughter, she's a stay-at-home mom because she doesn't have child care. she has to study on-line, but she went back to school on-line. and right now she's doing good,
but she needs child care for more time to study. they're always bothering her when she gets home, so she can't study or nothing. and support the $60 million in early childhood education, and also support our education in schools. and we need all the help. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is maria lustor. i'm the organizer of parents with voices innisk san francisco. we have the opportunity to bridge the funding and end poverty, and educators poverty and homelessness. [inaudible] >> then, my parents came to visit, and offered to take the children with them to the philippines. i had no choice but to let my
children go. i know a lot of parents who have to send their children to china, to have to send their children abroad because that's the only choice they have. some families leave san francisco altogether, and we cannot let that happen. you heard the parent say we have 3,000 on the waiting list. we are disappointing that after celebrating the baby prop c and housing prop c and prop g, that there seems to be no relief for -- for hundreds of families, waiting for housing, for child care for our teachers. we don't want to be pitted together against each other. we want there to be an equitiable distribution of funding. i know we're talking about the windfall right now, but this is a rich city. i hope that all these voter-approved propositions and funding will all be approved, and when the lawsuits are passed or approved in our favor, the money will get all that money back. so please, we're asking for 60
million for child care bridge funding. thank you. >> hi. good afternoon, supervisors. i'd just like to start off by thanking you for your commitment to trying to make the city a better place. i know there's many epidemics here. like, we do have our housing crisis, we obviously have our teacher shortages. we have issues with public transportation. i just applaud you for coming into this position and trying to make a difference. i'm here to advocate today for early childhood education, and we are asking for $30 million today. there's been a lot of talk about teachers retention and staff shortages. i'm currently a site supervisor in hayes valley, and i'm currently a constituent in district five. so i guess today -- i don't want to repeat what everyone else has said, but just some personal experiences that i've
had with child care, and some experiences that i want to tie it altogether for you? i've been working with the withhold social justice as well as in early childhood education and i've seen one of the earliest drawbacks and helping people get back on their feet is early child care. they're not able to find child care, they're not able to afford it. there are a lot of wonderful councils that are willing to fund this, but we just don't have the staffing to keep the children in the care that they are in or just bring in more families as the need is growing greater. so i think it would be beneficial to increase the amount of money going to childhood education so we can give our teachers livable salaries and we're not chasing them out of the city. it's important. if all of the families are leaving with their children, who's going to be here to take care of the city once they're all gone, so it's something to keep in mind.
we also have -- have our own stories. one of the teachers dealt with domestic violence? she separated from the offender, and now she is -- essentially got chased out of the city because she can't -- [inaudible] >> hello. my name is markie. i work for faces s.f. as a teacher. i was a business owner for past -- i'm still a business owner, but i left my business to become a teacher, to follow my passion. i'm a mother of three kids, four, eight, and 13, and my husband works full time, two double shifts sometimes to --
just to help us out and -- because i get paid so little as a teacher. and i just want you to know that we need support to help the children in san francisco as well as teachers, early childhood educators and k-12 and also the family. so we can unite together and make a better community. thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. excuse me. i think we have a parent with a baby that is in line to speak. if you could like to come up first, please feel free. i'm sorry. if you don't mind, people in line. we just heard a baby crying, we said geez. and as mothers, we said gee -- you're a father, too? yeah, thank you, dad. come up and let your baby's voice be here. >> thank you. i really appreciate that, and
so does she. i was -- my name is megan, and i'm here with a piece of the future, my 14 week old twins, mckenna and montgomery. i also have a ten-year-old son named maxwell. when he was born at san francisco general, i was new to this city. i was white knuckling recovery from a cocaine addiction, and i didn't have any support or resources like most families in that situation in this city, i have found myself in an organization called the homeless prenatal program. five years later, i joined the staff of that program. now it's ten years later, and i'm a member of the board of directors and also a licensed attorney. i'm here today to urge you to remember the plight of homeless families in san francisco. while homeless children and their parents are not the most visible in the homeless population, we know their thousands of childrens sleeping
in cars, on floors, in closets, and even some on the streets. these kid does face challenges and hardships that no kid should have to face, and they disproportionately suffer from risks of health. the good news is i believe we know how to help these children and their parents. we know that by focusing on long-term programs focused on families, we can help save generations of kids. i challenging to think in the longer term to address the homelessness upstream by focusing on families and homelessness. along with your kids and mine, homeless kids with the future of this city. unless we -- thanks, dad. so along with your kids and mine, homeless children with
the future of this city. unless we invest in prevention, we're compromising our future and the future of all of san francisco. thank you. >> chair fewer: and thank you, dad. >> perfect segue. we have 600 children every day in san francisco, infant toddlers and precoolers in san francisco. i thank you, supervisor fewer, and president yee, for standing on the steps of city hall every year to walk around the block for our children. i hope you'll walk not just around the block but around the city to support early childhood education. it's a promise made, and i hope it's a promise kept. this is a windfall, but i hope it continues. i welcome the new supervisors to get involved in the new early childhood education space. we've been fighting this for a long time, a very long time.
so when it rains, it's time to fuel the youngest population, support the teachers. my youngest student came up here, and i'm surprised we were able to do this because we have a staffing shortage. thankfully, they're here on their lunch break, and they haven't eaten yet. i i'm going to take them out to lunch. i know you're going to be behind this to support all the things that we do. thank you. >> good afternoon, everybody. my name is john w. smith, and i'm a president of the potrero hill tenants association. born -- you get all tied up here. i'm a san francisco native, and i hear the word windfall. for us, it's a must. we must have it because you've got places in here where i live
that people who live with mold, infestation, bad electricity. i know you hear a lot of problems here, which is justified, but i am offering you a b&b, to come and spend the night if you dare, in some of these places, and then, you can see i'm not playing. i'm serious. i've been very fortunate, and i'd like the other people to be just as fortunate as i am. and like the teachers here, if a child is exposed to all these things. you don't have no foundation. cleanup the act, and these teachers will be able to teach the children or my children's children. i thank you. you know, as san franciscans, we like to go back in hiding.
>> hi. good afternoon. my name is comelia johnson. i'm a resident, and i work in sunnydale housing development. i'm here to speak on the behalf of the funding that's being implemented in sunnydale, and i know, i've been a resident fosh eight years, and the road -- for eight years, and the roads are eshorrible, the conditions are horrible. last month, i put in a request for the roads on sunnydale and hahn, because there's potholes so deep, you can bust your tires, and nothing's been done. i know if the hole causes a hazardous something, it's, like, 72 hours before it should be fixed, but it's not. if my toilet and my sink and my
tub is plugged up, all three, i have to wait 30 days, okay? if my heater blows up, i have to wait 30 days. that's ridiculous. i believe that the city -- this is way overdue. these units weren't built for families to live on. it's going to 80 years these units have been here, and i just implore you guys to put your money where your mouth is, like, really do the good work, and i appreciate it, but you have families and teachers and educators and people who have degrees that live there and should not be treated differently because of your socioeconomic background or your demographic. but it's saddening to say that because it's predominantly black and brown people that live there, they're ignored. the structures in bernal -- play structures in bernal heights are good, but the play
structures in sunnydale -- have you been there? they're horrible. they're disgusting. so i commend you guys for doing the right thing, and i thank you for this opportunity. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i have some eye problems, so respectfully, i can't take these off. i'm here today as the president -- the very proud president of the public housing tenant association citywide for all the family developments. we are here to support the $9 million that is so sorely needed to bring some of the problems that this young lady talked about and the gentleman, to get some of that repaired. there's going to be a long time for the rebuild, and in the meantime, we need to have clean, safe, and decent housing. housing that's -- but with the funding needed given out 100% to repair, but we get 75%, it's never going to mend. so we need this while we're waiting for r.a.d. and the
home-sf sites can be rebuilt. i want to thank my partners. we've been here since 8:30. i don't know how we got apart from each other, but i'm here to speak for us. if you need any assistance from the public housing tenant association, don't hesitate to call on us. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. this is my comrade, maurice, and i am megan johnson. i am a san francisco native, i work at the san francisco coalition for homelessness, and i have two children.
this should not be an education versus homeless issue. i'm here to remind the board of supervisors that growing the pie and investing 171.4 million of efar funding to permanently housing homeless families, youth, and children, would be a life changer. for so many of the homeless population, including myself, i have experienced homelessness since 17, when i was still attending school through the san francisco unified school district. i am now 25. there are over 3,000 homeless children in schools managed by san francisco unified school district. that is one in 25 children in our public schools without a
home. experiencing child homelessness impacts their learning development and health. moving on, 70% of the homeless population now drills on numbers before they became homeless. this -- [inaudible] >> all services being ignored are desperately needed for homeless prevention, please, i urge you to remember how many men, women, and children will go to sleep tonight outside, in the cold, in the elements, when they don't have to. [inaudible] >> chair fewer: excuse me, if you wouldn't mind, there was a
lady at the end of the line. she was waiting for the end of her line, but the sheriff has asked me not to call cards, and she has to leave. do you mind? two minutes. at the end -- yeah, and she has to go. she's been here since 10:00. my apologies, i'm sorry. i'm sorry. thank you very much for your patience. i really appreciate it. thank you. two minutes, please. >> thank you. my name is patricia smith, and i live in district five midtown park apartments. i'm sure you've heard of us before. i'm here on behalf of midtown so much, although that is an issue that should be brought up constantly until it's solved. i'm here as a parent, a grandparent, a foster parent, for 33 years, as any kind of parent you want to say -- adoptive parent of four children, special needs. and i, too, want to say that
education is a very important thing right now. we need to educate our children so they don't become the next homeless people. it's very important that you fund the teachers. i have -- the with the children that i take from the foster care i've adopted, and -- they're all special needs. if you don't support our special need teachers, they wind up going out of the city. then, it's going to cost san francisco a lot more to educate them than it already has. somewhere from 25,000 to 100,000 or more per child. how -- how is that going to affect the teachers? i want you to think about it. we're trying to deal with our situation at midtown. thank you. >> chair fewer: and again, thank you so much, next speaker.
>> my name is tracey nixon, and i'm a peer organizer for the homeless. i've been waiting here to get my point across to you guys. we need the equity in between the teachers because i deal with homeless families every single day. i'm in a family shelter, and i look at these other kids, and i know that they're struggling. fortunately, my daughter's not struggling that much because i'm trying to seem as normal, seem as comfortable for her. there's not enough being done to keep people housed, and then, once we do get subsidies and everything, we get pushed out of san francisco. i'm a san francisco native. i'm born and raised. i'm trying to raise my child in the same district that i grew up in, district five. unfortunately, it doesn't look like that's going to happen. what needs to happen is there
needs to be equity because all these teachers and the homeless families that are on the street. it's hard to be able to tell my daughter, i don't know where we're going to go in 30 days because we're going to be out of a shelter. thank you for your time, and i'm glad i was able to get that off my chest. thank you. >> hello. my name is sophia thibideaux. i am a volunteer at the coalition, and i work as a shelter monitor. let's just grow the pie. there's enough to do both. i'm currently a homeless parent of two teenagers. i also suffer with my own mental issues. i don't understand why there is an issue with the funding of the unhoused people like me. i don't say the word homeless because that's not cool.
>> let's just do it, like nike, we need stablity, we need to grow the pie. why are the other groups getting fully funded, and we all have to stick with just 45 million? that doesn't make sense if we want to change the problem -- fix the problem. basically just we need it done. we need this rainy day fund so we can have a day of sunshine. that's it. >> good afternoon. my name is olivia glowacki. i'm a member of district one, a member of district on
homelessness, and i'm here to support our city coalition. it's deck pickable that families are force -- despicable that families are forced to live in their car and that there are over 3,000 homeless children in our school system, but what is even worse than these situations occurring in the first place is we have the ability to remedy these situations, and we don't. it is clear none of us want to be pitted against each other, but it seems we're vying for a slice of this $15 million --
25% of funds to address our cities growing mental health and addiction crisis. -- it's unrealistic to expect someone to maintain treatment gains or stay connected to ongoing services when discharged back to the streets. spending the eraf dollars under the plan will allow us to stop churning people through the system as their mental health conditions worsen. intensive care can be offered wherever anyone needs it, be it drop in facilities, tent
encampments, or medical facilities. our system must offer predictable access to health care including addiction and behavioral health systems to improve the efficacy of care, otherwise, our work is done in vain. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is malia chavez, and i'm the deputy director at the homeless prenatal program, and i'm also the cochair of hespa, which is the homeless providers emergency association. i really wanted to just talk about advocating more for homelessness families and
children. families with dealing with housing insecurity issues and needing more support. as someone who experienced housing insecurity as a child here in san francisco, i'm disheartened to see that families are still experiencing homelessness and that this is the reality for over 2,000 students, according to the san francisco unified school district. resources for homeless youth, families, and children are needed and should not be forgeten when allocating the -- forgotten when allocating the eraf funding and allocation of rainy day funds. i respectfully ask that you all grow the pot and support both teachers and housing development because it's needed. thank you. >> good morning. my name is denise garcia. i live in san francisco, and i work at the homeless prenatal program. like malia mentioned, of the 4,000 families who walk-through our doors last year, 3,016
clients identified as homeless. of these clients, 1,480 identified as living in the streets, cars, and other places not meant for habitation. because of city funding and other sources of funding, we have been able to how's 314 families. that's 563 children, 436 adults, for a total of 999 individuals, but that's only one-third of our client population who are homeless. we're asking -- we're asking you to use -- to expand -- to expand funding so that we're able to how's tuse the remaini% of our clients or who are housing insecure. that's 2,000-plus individuals and more than 800 children if you expand -- if you expand -- if you expand this funding. it's incredibly difficult for
children in unstable housing to focus on school. if you don't know whether you can stay at the -- yes, at the shelter, you can't focus on school. so on behalf of the people who serve, i'm asking you to allocate funding for homelessness and teachers. we can do both. supporting teachers is successful for a critical education system. children need stable housing to learn and thrive in school. when you support homeless families, you also support teachers so that they can focus on teaching and teaching well instead of just -- instead of -- instead of being teachers and case managers. >> good afternoon, supervisors, and thank you for listening to all of us. i'm here representing homeless prenatal but also all the families that we see every day.
it's really, really hard to go home and know that i have not been able to place someone in a house, and we see that every day at homeless prenatal. we see families with their children that are really struggling every day. i believe we have a big path -- and to really have higher education so they can do better in their life. thank you so much. >> hello, supervisors. basin basing with the q --
brian basing with the q foundation. we are here standing in solidarity with not only the our city, our home coalition but all of our community needs. we just need more pie, and leadership grows the pie. i'm starting to see a disturbing pattern in recent years trying to pit kids against housing and homelessness, and it's cynical, and now, it's happened twice. do it again, and it's just boring, which is the biggest sin of all. 30% of the homeless population are lgbt, and what you all are going to soon see is that there appears to be structural barriers for accessing services to lgbt peoples and some studies suggest we have the lowest rate of access of any groups in this city. that's not an accident. given the realities and this knowledge, we also need to start looking into targeted services for lgbt people because the data is showing
we're not getting access to -- in mainstream services, so i ask all of you all when you're making budget decisions, to keep that in mind, especially because lgbt has the highest rate of homelessness in san francisco. 20% of the population is homeless. this -- 25% of the population is homeless. this idea that our communities is going to be taken care of by the may i approach stream funding is not supported by the data. i hope that you drill down and look at this importantly. and then also, in these proposals, we notice that rent subsidies are not provided for. mayor was quoted in the press as highlighting the effectiveness of the senior and disabled subsidy programs, and so i just want to highlight that it's all part of this
discussion. >> hello, supervisors. my name is emil miracle, and three years ago, when i was on the verge of being evicted, when i had nowhere to turn, q foundation helped me with subsidy. i don't know withhoho else to to or who could have helped me. so i just want to thank q foundation and brian and rent subsidy. i really appreciate it. it was life saving. thank you so much. >> supervisors, thank you for
listening. my name is credalder lorenz. i work at st. anthony's dining room. while we do not take city, state, or federal funding, we understand the importance of funding for homeless and housing services. as you know in november, san franciscans made a bold and compassionate statement with prop c, st. anthony's is a member of our city, our home coalition, a diverse collection of organizations supporting populations experiencing homelessness in san francisco. collectively, we ask the board of supervisors especially those on the san francisco budget and finance committee to use some of the $185 million eraf funding for housing and homelessness until prop c is decided. we believe that the solution to homelessness is simple: housing. rapid rehousing is an
intervention designed to quickly connect people to housing and services, and we believe that funding these solutions is in all of our interests. to be clear, we understand the need for and support funding for education and teachers. we have spoken to retired teachers who volunteer in our programs and encourage our teachers to allocate eraf funding for homelessness and education. personally, my mom was a teacher and my father was a social worker, so i embrace the solidarity in this room, and i hope you all will, as well. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you very much for being here and hearing us today. my name is mary kate buckelew. i work at larkin street youth services where i'm director of funding as well as hespa. i'm here today in solidarity
with the people who are advocating for san francisco's most vulnerable, the young people. i'm here to ask you for your leadership and your voice in supportive youth today, to prioritize youth today for the homelessness allocation, the funding interventions in housing and homeless and health and to allocate 20% of that for youth, realizing that chronic homelessness is not an acceptable f acceptable future for our young people. thank you very much. >> my name is krista, and i'm with larkin street youth services. unfortunately, the young leaders that i brought with us today, as they are the experts of their own experience were not able to get in.
they did wait for two hours, and i did offer and my staff offered to replace myself with them, so just a point of process, i don't think that's too cool. they can tell you a lot better than i can about their issues of homelessness? however, when we see from them every day in our programs is that youth are not able to get their lives together fully until we have housing. they are -- they have housing. they're not able to take care of their mental health needs, their education and employment goals until they're off the streets. we know that housing first works. we know from the experts and hearing and seeing them every day that this is very important also because we know that 50% of homeless adults encountered and began experiencing homelessness under the age of 25. we see and feel directly the extreme and vital impact of mental health support services to help our young people get off the street and stay off the
street. i think that you all probably understand these things already, and you're doing your best. thank you for meeting with us when we come to meet with you, for hearing the young people and for having us to have a better city in the future by bringing our young citizens up as they need to be brought up. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is mary lavalle, and i want to thank you for all being here and listening to us. i am a proud parent in this city representing 1600 of us. i'm a san francisco native born, raised, and now pushed out of this city. and what's the most hurtful i think is that i'm here alone because my children, who are grown and have children couldn't afford to stay here. so i can't even see my
children, and they want to be in this city, but they're not here. so i want to go onto just say that homelessness and education are hand in hand. half of our kids are coming out of either being homeless or abusive situations. their living situations are horrible, so we can't pit us against each other because we are one and the same. parents are one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves. during the summer, we don't get unemployment. we don't get paid year-round. i know there are other paras who have to go into their retirement. my retirement has dwindled because i don't have any money coming in during the summer. i'm looking out here and i'm seeing people that have been in the fight a long time for education. you either have children in the district or you have grandchildren now or you do
have children now. what do you want for your children? think about that when you think about what we need for these children because all children are our children. they're your children, too. thank you. >> hi. my name is ina, and i'm from chinatown. and i've worked in -- >> chair fewer: excuse me. could you please speak into the microphone? thank you. >> i've worked in the field of education for over 30 years, and i've always found that educators have been underpaid and that it's very hard to keep them in the field. in order to keep them -- to keep them in the field and provide quality care for our young children, and we ask 30 million to incompetent crease their compensation.
thanks. >> hello, supervisors. my name is tim huang, and i work with delores street community services. i'm here today in support with everyone here. i agree that we shouldn't definitely have more of the pie, and it's not fair that we have to be here because certain special interest groups are challenging whether we can use the money in court. i'm going to speak on what i know and what i experienced throughout my work on the grounds in the s.r.o.s. so families who live in s.r.o.s are technically considered homeless. and i want to speak to one in particular, on 1941 mission street, which i call the grand southern hotel, they haven't had hot water for three weeks. i would challenge you to go
home and shower without hot water and see how that feels. it's being sent to directors here through d.b.i., but in the meantime, there are families living in a that hoe -- in that hotel who don't have hot water. i think s.r.o. acquisition and many that could go into prevention homeless would be great in not only preventing the people who are -- or helping people who are visibly homeless but also those who are on the cusp of being homeless. happy new year, lunar new year, and all i want for new year is red envelopes with the money for these issues, so thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm reginald meadows. want a share of the pie. i'm from the tenderloin representing district six, and
the eviction community and glide for many men, women, boys and i recagirls. the displacement has led to this problem along with the high cost of living here today. homes for homeless people are needed, but -- but very decent shelters in place also so they can develop a better way of life for themselves. next, we need very decent income for our teachers who are teaching the children. i sigh decent, as many of you are living well on very decent salaries. and also, we have to think about the schools and their children. the children need good teachers, and all the people in town because you guys are too weird about the money whereas they cannot survive properly as human beings, and the rent
should be flapped across the city so thoent who left, they can feel they can come back here and live because indeed, these were their homes. we have the pie, and it is already baking. let's do the right thing and finish baking it and then serve it out. the money is not for you guys to sit down and see how well you are, it's for the benefit of all of us. we have to do the right thing, people. politics kill it. do what's right, help people. we have boys, girls, mothers, and fathers on the street -- [inaudible] >> clerk: thank you. next speaker, please. everyone has to have the same
amount of time. your two minutes are expired. [inaudible] >> good afternoon. my name is rudy gonzales of the san francisco labor council. i just wanted to 'em if a ice we can't have -- 'em if a ice we can't have a conversation with the services before we have a conversation about the structure of services, whether you're going to curry or, you know, any number of senior or health centers, those are staffed by workers that you employ, and those workers are suffering disproportionately, and we have to think about the people who deliver services. and that extends to our allies in the community withen senior action disability network.
>> next speaker, please. >> hello supervisors. my name is toy page. i'm here with glide. also, i want to let you know i am also actively homeless right now. the reason why i come today is to talk about the needs of the people who are homeless with disabilities and with people who are sick and people who suffer from mental illness and
substance abuse. we need to expand services for serving people who are homeless as far as more shelters. as far as branching out and our mental health system. creating more services for people with substance abuse problems. because the huge issues because we have a lot of people dying out there right now. last year over 200 people died. i attended the vigil last year. died on the street because someone didn't have a place to go.
i'm asking to you remember those who are sick out there. thank you. >> thank you, supervisors and thank you to everyone who spoke. i am ben and i also work at the glide foundation. i'm here in solidarity with all the people who come here to speak about the pressing issues and i'm here to talk about urgency. the urgency that our friend was just mentioning. which is that people without housing die. the time we have until a proxy funding comes through is crucial. the difference between $45 million and the $171 million is the difference between dozens of people being able to stay with us. i know that some of us came to the memorial that tony was talking about.
these are the banners that we had. they're over 200 of them. they had people's names written on them and they were all people we knew and loved. i don't want to be dramatic, i just want to be real. this is an opportunity that we have and we can't waste it. so if we expand the pot and use all the rainy day funding and if we make agreements about future funding, then we can expand it enough to fund all of the ground ready to produce shelters, homelessness, supportive housing and mental health services we really need. thank you so much for your time. >> good afternoon. my name is donny fowler and i live for 18 years in the neighborhood between the castro and the mission. i have two young daughters. one of whom goes to harvey milk and the other will go to harvey milk. my wife and i are committed to san francisco public schools. we only ask that you, as board
members, provide an equal commitment to our public schools. we need at least $60 million of the eraf funding to provide predictability our teachers need to make plans for their future. after all eraf means education. the money should be dedicated to that purpose. for supervisors fewer, yee and peskin, you are known as problem solvers and you have the expertise and knowledge to provide this stability for our teachers and to show you have their backs. for supervisors brown, mandelman, stefani please include public schools on your list as you make decisions. for supervisors mar, walton, haney and ronen, keep up the support. e means education. thank