The temporary, emergency shelter at Pier 80 will be shut down by the city after a two-month extension, on July 1, and as SF Weekly reports, there's no immediate plan for where to relocate the 50 or so homeless people who are still staying there. Many of them will likely return to tents on the street, unless they're able to get placed in supportive housing, of which the city has a shortage.
The Mayor's Office of Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships & Engagement (HOPE) got the shelter, inside a former America's Cup Oracle team warehouse, open in a hurry in February just as the Super Bowl was happening and the public outcry about the tent city underneath the Division Street viaduct was getting louder. It initially opened without flush toilets or showers, though it quickly got those things, and the "low-threshold" shelter meaning that pets are allowed, and couples, and residents can come and go as they please has been costing the city about $150,000 per month to keep running. It was set to close March 31, and has not been filled to capacity (180 people) for some time, but the city extended its agreement with the Port of San Francisco to July 1.
As KQED reported in March, the shelter may have been a necessary addition but was never particularly popular with the homeless themselves, in part because of its remote location, far removed from services that many of them need daily. Also, in order to get a bed there you had to be referred by an outreach worker.
In extending the life of the shelter in April, Mayor Lee told the Chronicle that the reason was that the city would be opening up 200 new units of supportive housing in rehabbed residential hotels by midsummer, however it's unclear how many of those will be ready for move-in.
SFist reached out to Sam Dodge, the director of the HOPE office until the opening of the new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing which will be run by Jeff Kositsky, with Dodge as his second in command, when it opens July 1 to ask about the status of these new supportive housing units. Dodge tells us that 94 units in the National Hotel at 1139 Market Street "should be ready in July," and that another 52 units at the Crown Hotel at 528 Valencia Street are hopefully going to be available for occupancy in August. Still more units, another 102 at the Winton Hotel in the Tenderloin (445 O'Farrell Street) will come online in the fall.*
Meanwhile, as the Chronicle reported, the Port has inked a deal with Pasha Automotive Services to turn Pier 80 into something it hasn't been a while: a working cargo terminal that will intake up to 150,000 imported cars a year.
* This post has been updated to show Dodge's comments, and to show that the shelter cost $150,000 per month, not $1 million.