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Hi <<First Name>>,

It has been two weeks since our City issued its shelter-in-place order and our office has been working around the clock to provide information, respond to the crisis, and find solutions to support everyone in our District who has been impacted.  

You can find a list of resources available to D6 residents in this Resource Document. We will continue to update the guide as more resources and information become available.   

If you have further questions or need to get in touch with my office, you can leave a voicemail at 415-554-7970 or email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org and we will respond to your inquiry as fast as we can. I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.
How to Help
 
Our office has been blown away by the number of people in our community who have asked how they can help during this time. 

You can sign up to be an Emergency Volunteer on the City’s new website. We are looking for both medically-trained volunteers as well as COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) to assist with tasks such as grocery shopping, delivering medication and other essentials, assisting with garbage disposal, and mail pickup. Volunteers must be in good health and under the age of 60 and all volunteers will receive training and must adhere to all of San Francisco's laws and rules regarding the coronavirus.  

With many of our frontline healthcare and service providers running low on critical supplies, our office is helping collect in-kind donations of the following: 
  • N-95 masks (3M and Moldex preferred)
  • Gloves 
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer (all sizes)
  • Disinfectant wipes canisters (bleach and peroxides) 
  • Face shields 
  • Shoe covers
  • Goggles 
  • Tyvek coveralls
  • Toilet paper

If you are able to make an in-kind donation of any of the above items, please email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org and we will coordinate a pick-up or drop-off. If you are able to make a bulk donation (in the thousands) of one or more of the above items, please fill out this form.

The CIty is also accepting tax-deductible donations for our Give2SF fund. These funds will help to provide shelter, food and other assistance to individuals, families, small businesses, and nonprofits in San Francisco. Donate here. 

You can also find other ways to help here

Here is a summary of where to find all the information you need: 
  1. The City’s Central Resource 
  2. Health Information & Updates 
  3. Resources for Employers/Businesses & Employees 
  4. FAQs 
  5. Resources for people experiencing homelessness 
  6. Press Releases on new policy initiatives 
What's New
 
 
Starting March 30:
  • Muni Metro and light rail routes will be replaced by buses. 
  • 5R, 9R, 28R, and 38R are discontinued. The 14R Mission Rapid will continue
Starting April 4:
47 Van Ness will be discontinued on Saturdays and Sundays and the northern part of 49 Van Ness route will be extended between North Point and Fisherman’s Wharf to cover the 47 segment on weekends.
New Children’s To-Go Meals Program in the Tenderloin
 
 
Starting Tuesday, March 31st, the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) and the Salvation Army Kroc Center (240 Turk) will be partnering to provide free To-Go breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, and shelf-stable meals to all community children ages 17 and younger. Breakfast will be distributed 8:30 am - 9:30 am and lunch will be distributed 12:30pm - 1:30pm.
Small Business Grant
OWED recently announced a new small business grant for businesses that employ 1-5 people in SF. The relief fund will offer emergency grants of up to $10K for businesses with 1-5 employees.

Eligibility
  • 1-5 full-time equivalent payroll employees
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Requires an SF license or permit
  • Less than 2.5M in gross receipts
  • Evidence of at least 25% loss of revenue in a 30-day period
 
For more information and the application, visit the OEWD website. 
What The D6 Office Has Been Up To
 
Calling Our Seniors
Over the last week, our office organized 25 volunteers to call seniors living in our District in 5 different languages to check on them and make sure that they have the resources they need. We’ve already reached hundreds of residents thanks in large part to our amazing volunteers! If you would like to help our office in this effort, please email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org. We especially need Cantonese and Vietnamese speaking phone bankers!
Small Business Virtual Town Hall
This week I held a virtual town hall for small businesses with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Office of Small Business to help answer questions about aid and resources and to hear directly from businesses. Many have been hit hard and are struggling to find ways to keep their doors open. We will continue to fight for more resources for small businesses and will continue to provide updates on the resources that are available. You can view the full town hall here and find resources for your business here.
Rent and Mortgage Freeze
At the last Board Meeting, my colleagues and I introduced a resolution calling for a Rent Cancellation & Mortgage Moratorium nationally. This may sound like a drastic measure, but it is exactly the type of measure we need in these challenging times. The moratorium on evictions was an important first step, but we can’t allow people to incur tens of thousands of dollars of debt from back rent and mortgages and expect them to bounce back after the public health crisis ends. The CIty and County of San Francisco doesn’t have the power to freeze rents and mortgages, but we as city leaders need to push our State and Federal government to do the right thing. Read more here.
Increased Protection for Health Care Workers 
One thing has been clear as this crisis unfolded: our health care workers need more support. I’ve been hearing from frontline workers everyday that they are lacking access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and adequate protocols to keep them safe. Even in the midst of this crisis, they have been asked to continue ‘business as usual’ in their treatment plans, and  not adhering to “social distancing” guidelines.   

So last Tuesday, I along with Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced a resolution urging both the Department of Public Health and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to create a plan to protect health care workers including providing PPE for all health care workers, testing and treatment for frontline workers, increased pay compensation for long-term care providers for work, the elimination of violations for in-home service providers who exceed their weekly work limits.
Support Essential Workers
Under the shelter-in-place order, grocery stores and restaurants are two businesses on the small list of essential businesses that are allowed to remain open. It also means that cashiers, delivery workers, and grocers who are ensuring that we are able to get what we need as we remain protected at home are facing huge public health risks. During this time when most of us are sheltering in place, cashiers and other food service workers are interacting with hundreds of people a day, and I believe their pay and protections should reflect the risks they are facing. This week, I urged the Mayor to use her emergency powers to increase their pay and provide emergency childcare for workers at these essential businesses, making sure that we are supporting them as much as they are supporting us. 
Getting Vulnerable People Into Private Hotel Rooms
The fact that thousands of people, many who are elderly, are still living on our streets or in large, congregate shelters right now is a travesty especially during the current public health crisis. I’m grateful for the hotels that have stepped up to offer their rooms to house individuals, helping to get people out of the crowded congregate shelter settings which might otherwise facilitate the spread of COVID-19. Right now, the city has identified over 10,000 hotel rooms that could be used to help us control the spread of this virus, but nearly two weeks into the shelter-in-place order, we have yet to get people into them. The response I got from the HSA Director when I asked why the city isn’t using this resource was shocking and disappointing. That’s why this past Tuesday I — along with Supervisors Ronen, Walton, Peskin and Preston — introduced a resolution urging the city to place as many homeless people as possible into hotel rooms and for the Health Officer to issue a declaration that all unhoused people are given the option to move into a hotel room immediately. You can help by e-mailing the Board of Supervisors to support the resolution.
D6 Virtual Town Hall
 
On Monday April 6th, I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall with updates on the City's response so far to the COVID-19 crisis, provide information on resources for individuals and small businesses, and answer any questions you may have. The Town Hall will be streamed on Zoom and on my Facebook page. 

Please submit your questions ahead of time using this form
As the situation develops, I’m continuing to build more resources for those impacted by this pandemic. For a full list of recommendations and resources, please visit the CIty's COVID-19 page. You can also sign up for the City’s text alert system by texting COVID19SF to 888–777.

Please take care of yourselves and keep checking in on your family, friends, and neighbors.

-- Matt
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

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