SAN FRANCISCO— Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed an Amicus brief to support groups who are representing unhoused people and requesting to intervene in legal action between UC Hastings and the City of San Francisco concerning conditions in the Tenderloin neighborhood. The settlement proposed by the parties would directly impact the lives of unhoused people whose voices have been excluded from proceedings.
Under the proposed settlement unhoused people would be removed from their current location and away from the services they need to maintain their health, hygiene, and connection to community.
The Tenderloin is home to a large population of unhoused people and diverse transgender and gender variant (TGI) populations are disproportionately represented. TGI people, particularly Black and people of color, are more likely to experience economic insecurity, barriers to accessing healthcare, and chronic homelessness.
”The proposed settlement threatens to push from the City the very individuals who could most benefit from the resources and support available in San Francisco and in the Tenderloin specifically,” said Abre’ Conner, staff attorney at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. “Before considering any proposed settlement, the Court should consider the perspective of individuals, specifically Black and TGI individuals, who are the direct targets of this case and of the proposed settlement.”