📉 Homelessness drops
Plus: Steph Curry graduates
Hey there, San Francisco.
How are we feeling?
On Monday, the city released preliminary data that shows the number of unhoused people in San Francisco dropped 3.5% from 2019.
That’s 7,754 people experiencing homelessness in 2022 vs. 8,035 people three years ago.
Notably, the number of “unsheltered” homeless people (those sleeping on the street, in tents, and in cars) dropped to 4,397 – down 15% from 2019.
That’s due, in part, to a 24% increase in available shelter beds, the city said.
“The promise of Prop C is only just starting to be realized!” Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, said on Twitter. “Fantastic things to come for unhoused San Franciscans!”
In a statement, Mayor London Breed said: “We have a lot of work to do, but this shows that we are moving in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, five other Bay Area counties released similar figures on Monday.
Contra Costa and Alameda saw the highest upticks with a 35% and 22% increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in their counties, respectively.
With that… onto more news…
Quick bits: News to know
👟 Bay to Breakers happened on Sunday. Reid Buchanan won the men’s division at 36 minutes 10 seconds (a 4:51 mile pace). San Francisco resident Julia Vasquez won the women’s division at 42 minutes 5 seconds (a 5:39 mile pace). And, San Francisco high school teacher Cal Calamia took top honors in the race’s first ever non-binary division at 47 minutes and 3 seconds (a 6:19 mile pace).
“So humbled to be a face for our fight for space in sports,” Calamia said on Instagram.
🎹 On Monday, the promotion company behind Coachella announced a new, electronic music focused festival called “Portola” to be held on San Francisco’s Pier 80 on September 24-25.
Headliners include Flume, The Chemical Brothers, and James Blake. Full lineup here.
Tickets go on sale starting this Friday, May 20 at 10am. Two-day passes start at $300. (SFGATE)
🧘 The Mission District yoga studio HAUM is opening a second location in the Haight, a space previously occupied by Yoga Tree.
“We’re honored to breathe new life into this sacred space right across from Golden Gate Park,” the HAUM team wrote in a recent newsletter. (Hoodline)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Laguna Honda Hospital Patients Hit with Mass Eviction Notices as City Fights to Avert Closure (SF Standard)
Redistricting: Task force report urges protection from ‘inappropriate political influence’ (Mission Local)
More safe sites for people living in vehicles proposed (Examiner)
The origins of the salmon run, San Francisco’s weirdest Bay to Breakers tradition (SFGATE)
And finally… 🎓 Steph graduates
Steph Curry left Davidson College after his junior year to join the NBA. But thirteen years later, on Sunday, he fulfilled a promise to his parents and graduated from the North Carolina liberal arts school with a degree in sociology.
“Dream Come True!!” Curry wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Class of 2010….aka 2022 but we got it done!”
A Warriors’ spokesperson told the Chronicle that in recent months, Curry found time to finish the classwork needed to graduate.
But, given that he’s prepping for Game 1 of the western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, he wasn’t able to attend the ceremony.
That’s all for today! Have a nice evening y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.