August Shelter Monitoring Committee (Online Access)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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    Chair Diana Almanza
    Vice Chair Vacant
    Secretary Vacant
    Committee Member Justice
    Committee Member Kaleese Street
    Committee Member Traci Watson
    Committee Member Steven Clark
    Committee Member Melanie Muasau
    Committee Member Belinda Dobbs
    Committee Member Britt Creech




                                                                   Chair Almanza            5 min

      The Shelter Monitoring Committee acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the Indigenous stewards of this land, and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the Ancestors, Elders, and Relatives of the Ramaytush Ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples.

      B.  MINUTES                       Discussion/Action

          JUNE, JULY 2023 MINUTES                   Chair Almanza        3 min

          The Committee will review the Draft minutes from the last two meetings. 

          Explanatory documents – Draft Committee Minutes 

          Proposed Action: Approve Meeting Minutes


      A. SELECTION OF INTERIM OFFICERS       Discussion/Action

                                                            Chair Almanza       15 min

      New officers are needed to fill the terms of Guevara-Plunkett (Vice Chair) and Eya (Secretary) through the end of the year. Member Creech expressed a willingness to serve as Vice Chair. Member Street has offered to serve as Chair of the Policy Subcommittee. Others interested in serving are invited to put themselves forward today.  

      Proposed Action: Vote on any candidates who express interest in these roles. 

      Public Comment will be heard before any action.


      A.  POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE                              Discussion/Action  

                                                            Members Street and Creech   10 min

      The subcommittee tentatively comprises Members Street, Dobbs and Creech. There was discussion of the concern about potential conflict of interest, edits to the Administrative Code, and a new Subcommittee Chair.  Members ask that the full Committee return to the issue of staff training and, that in preparation for a deeper dive into this topic, staff ask HSH for training records by site.  

      Public Comment will be heard. 

      Proposed Action: The Chair will consider appointing a new Chair and formally acknowledging Member Creech's addition to the subcommittee.

      B.  ADMINUSTRATIVE CODE EDITS         Discussion               

                                                                            Staff          8 min

      Assistant HSH Director Cohen shared with the Subcommittee that the changes to the Administrative Code that the SMC approved several months ago (to the Standards of Care, the requirements for Seat 1, and the frequency of inspections) should be ready to put to the BOS Rules Committee in September.  One change HSH staff and the City Attorney propose is to embed the frequency requirements in SMC's Bylaws, rather than in the Administrative Code itself. This would allow for amendment by the SMC if needed in the future. 

      Public Comment will be heard. 

      Proposed Action: Approve the proposal.

      C.  DRAFT MEMO TO CITY ATTORNEY       Discussion/Action

                                                                             Chair Almanza    12 min

      The Policy Subcommittee asks that the full Committee review and approve a draft memo to the City Attorney to ask how to reword the section of the Bylaws that addresses site visits and other activities by Members and staff, with the goal of avoiding real or apparent conflicts of interest.   

      Explanatory documents – Draft memo

      Public Comment will be heard.

      Proposed Action: Approve that the draft memo or some version thereof be sent

      D. HOMELESSNESS & SUPPORTIVE HOUSING  Discussion/Action                                                                                                                                   HSH         12 min   

      Update from Lisa Rachowicz, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.   

      Explanatory documents – Capacity Report

      Public Comment will be heard.

      Proposed Action: The Committee will vote on whether to accept the report.

      E. STAFF REPORT                     Discussion/Action               

                                                                        Staff    15 min

      Review of July inspections, complaints, and investigations. An update on recruitment efforts will be provided. Status of additional DPH Member mentioned in Asst. Dir. Cohen's presentation to the BOS. Staff has asked HSH about this and whether §20.302 (which still says "the Department of Public Health shall assign two full-time employees to staff the Shelter Monitoring Committee") would be amended.  

      Explanatory documents – SOC Report, Draft memo to City Attorney

      Public Comment will be heard.

      Proposed Actions: (1) The Committee will vote on whether to approve the memo; and (2) accept the SOC Report.


                                                             Discussion             10 Min

      Members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Committee for up to three minutes. With respect to an action item [denoted by “Proposed Action” after the agenda item] on the agenda, members of the public may address the Committee for up to two minutes at the time such item is called. With respect to a discussion item [denoted by “Discussion”] on the agenda, members of the public may address the Committee for up to one minute at the time such item is called. Members of the public may only speak once per agenda item. Those who comment may submit a written summary (up to 150 words) of their remarks to assist staff in the compilation of the meeting minutes.



      This item requires a motion, a second, and to be carried.

      Proposed Action: Approve adjournment


    Date & Time

    Wednesday, August 16, 2023
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    City Hall

    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    Hearing Room 408
    San Francisco, CA 94102
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    This meeting will be in "hybrid" form, allowing those with reasonable accommodations, as well as the public, to attend via WebEx. Others are invited to attend in person at Room 408 in City Hall.

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