SAN FRANCISCO—Only a couple blocks from Pier 39, a new Navigation Center to assist the homeless is expected to be built near Keary and Bay. The shelter will be built in District 3, it will be in the same region as popular tourist spots such as North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Nob Hill.
In an interview with KPIX 5, San Francisco Board of Supervisor, Aaron Peskin indicated that violence in relation to the homeless will not be tolerated in the new shelters and the authorities are aware.
The Navigation Centers are focused on helping those who are homeless to find permanent housing. The Centers provide counseling for substance abuse and mental illnesses.
Peskin hopes to make progress in regards to safety and housing for the homeless. Peskin wrote an article in 2017 titled, “District 3 Is Ready for a Navigation Center” for the Marina Times, where he defined the center as “a temporary shelter and service hub to ‘navigate’ our long-term homeless residents into supportive housing, job training and health services.”
He has reached out to members in the Fisherman’s Wharf business community in hopes of getting the approval to proceed with the shelters in the region. Pesking represents District 3 which consists of North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Polk Gulch, Union Square/Financial District and Russian, Nob and Telegraph Hills. He has lived in District 3 for close to 30 years.