Debate ensues over San Francisco providing alcohol, drugs to homeless in hotels

Debate ensues over San Francisco providing alcohol, drugs to homeless in hotels
Homeless in San Francisco: The city has a huge homeless population (Image: KPIX video screen grab)

[Ed. – Where but San Francisco?]

San Francisco’s Department of Public Health said on Wednesday that it provides alcohol, nicotine and other addictive substances for the homeless they are housing in the city’s empty hotel rooms. It’s part of a plan to help the unhoused population quarantine rather than out on the streets.

The city confirmed on social media first and then in a news conference that providing alcohol and other addictive substances is a way to help protect those homeless now being housed in hotels and the general public.

“With regard to supporting people who are at risk, or who need to be in quarantine or isolation because they’re COVID positive, our focus needs to be on supporting them,” said Dr. Grant Colfax from San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. “Meeting them where they are so that they can be cared for in the most appropriate way.

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