Mayor Breed’s Tenderloin Health Center has 500 regular visitors

Juliana McNeill greeted the crowd of reporters in the living room, excited to talk. McNeill is one of 400 people a day who regularly use the Tenderloin Center, the Mayor London Breed connectivity site set up earlier this year as part of the Tenderloin crackdown and efforts to connect homeless people with services.

For the first time since the establishment of the Tenderloin Health Center at 1170 Market Street in January, city officials allowed the media to tour the facilities on the ground floor. Since its opening, the center has had about 400 regular visitors and all guests have spoken of about 46,343 visits, said Christa Gaeta, the center’s interim director and former deputy director of the nonprofit Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

The center was closed during a press tour, making it impossible to see homeless people using the resources. The only guest present was McNeill, who was clearly enthusiastic.

The center does not accept guests for overnight stays, but offers many services such as hot meals, laundry, showers, recommendations for housing and a place for safe drug use, all of which are managed by various city departments and non-profit employees.

McNeill, who used to live on the streets of Auckland and is now likely to be in San Francisco, said the Tenderloin Center gave her food, hygiene kits and staff found permanent housing.

“I came here and they hugged me,” McNeill said. “I am building myself up again [and] my trust in people. The staff really helps you. I couldn’t be happier. ”

Satisfied with the service, McNeill tells other homeless women to visit the center. “Come and get a bus ticket. Come and settle down. Come and get everything you need, because no one else will hug you like San Francisco – not Berkeley, not Richmond, not Auckland.

It is not clear how many of the regular guests are among the homeless population of San Francisco.

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