Email from a reader of my website:
“I like a lot of the stuff that you mention about the economics and I totally agree with the control aspects of the few over everyone else…It is a terrible thing–then I clicked on the fresh start and I have to laugh at the idea
of just giving out $25,000 to someone, just to get out of town… that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard yet on the homeless issue…”
1: It is polling at 69%, meaning that if implemented there would be no homeless people on the streets. For San Francisco, and for homeless people it isn’t ridiculous, it can produce a result that no one has been able to produce anywhere homelessness has become an issue as extensively as it is in San Francisco.
2:If you reduce the homeless population by 70%, you reduce the budget by over 100 million dollars a year conservatively. If you had a bill you paid every week, which was 100 dollars and would grow, or you could pay 200 dollars one week, and then only pay 30 dollars a week, and it would not increase, what would you do?
3: The city is able to house and shelter 42% of the homeless population, meaning if the program reduces the homeless population by 58% no one is left on the streets. If there is no reason for anyone to be on the streets, the city can pass or enforce ordinances to prevent new homeless people from coming to the city.
4: For many homeless people, what they need is money to gain enough stability in their lives to begin being productive and to become participants in a society they are presently alienated from.
For the municipal government, the people of San Francisco, and the homeless population, there is nothing ridiculous about Fresh Start. What is ridiculous is to assert that something is ridiculous without providing an explanation, or proposing a more effective strategy for achieving results that are satisfactory for all parties involved.
Homeless Liberation Initiatve
A New Approach to Addressing Homelessness and Budget Challenges In San Francisco
San Francisco spends over 165 million dollars on homelessness per year,(1) and all it has to show for it in terms of results is an increase in the homeless population of 259 people, from 2013 to 2015.(2) Supervisor Scott Wiener, while acknowledging “the county’s failure to provide adequate housing/shelter and assistance for those who want help,” finds the visibility of homelessness “unacceptable”, and cites public health and safety in this statement. Homelessness is unacceptable, and the programs are ineffective as demonstrated by the results. HLI aims to reduce the homeless population by 70% by providing the homeless with the means for opportunity. HLI will also eliminate the visibility of homelessness in San Francisco while reducing the county budget by over $100 million per year or more.
(1): 1: San Francisco Annual Expenditures on Homelessness http://sfist.com/2015/03/09/clearing_sfs_homeless_encampments_b.php $165.7 million: The amount of money SF spends on homelessness per year
(2): KQED “S.F. Supervisor Scott Wiener: Homeless Tent Camps ‘Need to Go Away’” 1/25/2016 by Ted Goldberg, http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/01/25/s-f-supervisor-scott-wiener-city-needs-fast-response-to-homeless-tent-camps
Considering the amount of money spent on homelessness and the inability of the city to produce meaningful results, it begs the question, if instead of programs that seek to dampen the symptoms of being homeless, what if these funds were used to eliminate homelessness by providing these individuals with a fresh start, including the resources and freedom to achieve it?
Homeless Liberation Initiative
A qualifying person who is homeless will receive a $25,000 lump sum to leave San Francisco and agree not to return except through the repayment of the sum. The sum would be distributed in three payments, the first of which will be a $250 Visa gift card to purchase new clothing and luggage to prepare for travel. On the day of departure, the participant will receive $2500 cash, and a check for the remaining balance of $22,000, which deducts $250 to cover the cost of airfare. In this, the individual would have the means to meet living expenses at their HLI destination while they wait for their check to clear. Participants will sign an affidavit, declaring under the penalty of perjury not to return to San Francisco in exchange for the HLI sum. A Participant may return if the money is repaid.
Fresh Start Poll Results
I surveyed 100 homeless people out of a homeless population of 7500. This sample size leaves a 10% margin of error. (4) The question was asked “if you were offered $25,000 to have a fresh start outside the city of San Francisco would you go”? 69 responded yes, 28 no and 3 were undecided. Considering the margin of error, we could expect to achieve at least a reduction of 59% in the homeless population through the HLI.
(4): https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/margin-of-error-calculator/ Population Size 7500, Sample Size 100 Margin of Error= 10%
The HLI goal would be a 58% reduction in the homeless population. Of the 7500 homeless people in San Francisco, 42% are sheltered and 58% are living on the streets. (5)
(5): Homeless Numbers: Homeless Point-in-Time Count & Survey Comprehensive Report 2015, Produced by Applied Survey Research https://sfgov.org/lhcb/sites/sfgov.org.lhcb/files/2015%20San%20Francisco%20Homeless%20Count%20%20Report_0.pdf pg 20 Figure 4
If the program achieved a 60% reduction, the homeless population in San Francisco becomes manageable, or San Francisco is equipped to care for about 3100 people. Yet this number would allow for an ethical implementation of ordinances to prevent people from living on the streets. There will be no reason for people to be living in the streets as shelter and housing will be available. Additionally, there will be a significant reduction in the cost of care for the homeless in reaching this objective. A rough estimate based on $165 million per year, which is likely not inclusive of all indirect costs, means the city would save about $100 million per year, which is nearly 5% of the total county budget.
The aim of this program is to achieve a reduction that exceeds 70%. There are few reasons why individuals would turn down this opportunity as explained in previous sections, so expectations are high.
I believe 69% does not represent the broader population as a whole. In some of the no responses, these nos were given not because they weren’t interested in the idea, but because they didn’t believe it could happen. There was one case where a man told me no, that’s too good to be true, I’m not interested. Another said that’s just a hypothetical. In these, the no did not represent an interest to reject the offer, but represented an interest to reject the possibility of the program.
The poll represents a range of participation of 59 to 79%, but I think the true range is likely 65 to 85%. An assertion that represents my experience in the field polling potential participants, and recording no’s that represented individuals who would have likely participated if the program was more than “a hypothetical”.
The county of San Francisco already spends an exorbitant amount on homelessness, as previously mentioned at least, 165 million dollars per year. When HLI is implemented, the existing programs will need to remain in place to accommodate the homeless population during this transition. This means additional funding will be required, which on the face of it may not be popular, but should be regarded as a short-term investment that will reduce the county budget in the years to come, and will save tax payers money perpetually. It is also an investment to protect “public health, and public safety” and cure an “unacceptable condition”, in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation.
Initially I considered four options for funding that include a temporary tax to finance the program, but as far as taxes go, I presume the people of San Francisco have heard of many temporary taxes that later are made permanent. The idea to fund the program is a onetime contribution from the wealthiest 17%, that is the 1 in 6, or over 140,000 millionaires who call San Francisco home.
San Francisco is home to 16 billionaires and about 140,000 millionaires. Considering the highest anticipated value of 85% of the 7500-homeless people in San Francisco, it would cost $152.5 million which includes operational costs. This would require each person who has over a million dollars to contribute a 1 time payment of $1090.
The implementation of this initiative will be a multiphase process, allowing the participant an opportunity to carefully weigh his or her options.
At the intake appointment, a Processing Officer will meet the candidate, and provide this person with the details of the program after verifying an individual’s eligibility. If the individual is interested in the program they will be provided written information, a worksheet to complete, and schedule their second appointment. This will allow the candidate to carefully consider his or her options, prepare a plan, as well as coordinate with peers, as homeless people are typically not individuals separate from a broader community, and will probably be interested in maintaining relationships established in San Francisco in their transition. In this these people are able to maintain relationships, with a new opportunity, in a new setting, while avoiding isolation, and moving with familiarity and peer support.
At the second appointment, the HLI candidate will decide whether or not to participate in the program and submit his or her plan. Included in the plan will be the destination and intended day of departure. At this appointment, the participant will visit the notary and sign an affidavit declaring under the penalty of perjury not to return to San Francisco in exchange for the Fresh Start sum, unless the sum is repaid to the county in full.
Once the affidavit is signed the participant will return to the PO. The PO will explain what the participant must do to prepare for departure, as well as establish a departure date.
Preparatory Departure Responsibility
The participant must return to the office the day prior to departure. At this time the participant will receive the $250 gift card to purchase an outfit, luggage, possibly a haircut, and any other items within the budget required for the participant to travel with an acceptable appearance. The individual must be showered and hygienically suitable for travel.
The participant will arrive at the specified time on his or her day of departure and meet with the assigned Transportation Coordination Team. The TCT will have a check list to ensure that all the participant’s materials are in order, as well as conduct a visual inspection to make sure the participant is suitable for travel in terms of hygiene and appearance.
The TC will drive the participants to the airport. They will wait with the participants to ensure they board, and prior to boarding will supply them with their boarding passes, cash, and check.
Safeguarding the Process
One foreseeable issue would be for individuals not interested in the program to feign interest in an effort to receive the preparatory departure gift card. An individual could go through the process and then not return to depart the following day. Yet there is also the chance that a participant, in rare circumstances intended to leave, but through no or little fault of their own, missed their departure day.
If a participant misses their departure, he or she will be required to contact the headquarters and explain the reason why they missed their departure appointment. The participant will schedule a special final intake appointment.
The special final intake appointment will be similar to the final intake appointment with the exception of the affidavit. The cost of the card ($250) and the cost of travel ($250) will be deducted from the individual’s check, since another ticket and another preparatory gift card will have to be purchased and reissued. If the individual misses this appointment, HLI will file theft charges against the individual.
If the individual misses the departure appointment, fails to contact the office within 7 days, and the office is unable to contact the individual, the office will file theft charges against the individual. In this step, the first offense is punishable and may deter theft.
1-Manager of Transportation
Day to Day Operations
• Final Intake
• Preparatory Departure
• Administrative Operations
1: PO’s will provide the receptionist with a copy of their schedule for the nearest day they have openings, which will allow the receptionist to schedule walk-ins.
2: PO’s will begin by scheduling appointments with potential candidates, beginning with those who participated in the poll and expressed interest.
Hello, this is __ I am a Processing Officer with the HLI program. Our records indicate that you were polled about the program and were interested in being considered to participate. I am scheduling appointments, when would be a good time for you to come in?
Please bring something from human services that identifies you as being homeless, a piece of mail or an appointment slip, TB clearance card, or anything that can be used to verify that you are homeless? It’s a formality for our records.
3: When clients arrive if they have bulky items they will leave these items with security.
4: The PO’s unless busy seeing other clients, or in the process of scheduling, space permitting, may wait for the arrival of their clients.
PO’s may want to have small dry erase boards with the names of their clients on the boards, not required but a suggestion.
5: After the candidate has checked his or her bag, if necessary, they will be greeted by reception if their PO isn’t waiting in anticipation of them. If the candidate has an appointment, he or she will specify which PO the appointment is with and the receptionist will page the PO to let him or her know their client is waiting. For walk-in clients, the receptionist will check the scheduling board and contact which ever agent is free.
Hello, how are you? Do you have an appointment?
If yes: who are you here to see? I’ll let him/her know you are here, have a seat and he/she will be right with you.
If no: ok if you will sign in (walk in sheet) and have a seat, ill page a processing officer and they will be with you shortly.
If no and booked for the day: unfortunately, none of our agents have any openings today, but I can schedule you tomorrow with _ at ______o’clock? Make sure to bring something from social service to verify you are homeless and a photo ID. If you don’t have a photo ID go to social service and tell them to provide you with a photo copy of your ID.
Once the PO greets the client they will write WC on the board to signify they are With Client.
Intake Appointment Example:
I am a processing officer with HLI, Mr. or Ms. _, how did you hear about HLI?
What we are doing is offering people who came from disadvantaged circumstances the opportunity to get on their feet, and since the greatest conductor of opportunity is money, we are offering people $25,000 to get a fresh start by leaving San Francisco. Are you interested?
Let me give you a brief rundown of how the program works. Today is your intake appointment, did you bring in something from human services to verify you are homeless and do you have a photo ID with you?
Great! Let me make a copy of this for your file.
Today I am going to explain the process, provide you with a handout detailing the process, and a worksheet.
The worksheet offers a few things for you to think about while considering the process, and has a space for you to provide when you want to leave and where you want to go.
On your next appointment, should you choose to continue, you’ll see the notary on site. This part is important. You will sign an affidavit agreeing under the penalty of perjury that you will not return to San Francisco unless you pay the entire sum of $25,000 back. If you sign it, leave, and then come back, you will be charged with perjury which is punishable by 2 to 4 years in prison in the State of California.
After you see the notary, should you choose to continue you’ll see me. We’ll get you your plane ticket for the day you want to leave.
Now the day before you are scheduled to leave you’ll come here and see Preparation. On that day, we’ll give you a gift card for 250 dollars so you can buy an outfit to leave in, new luggage, haircut, and whatever else you think you’ll need to travel with. The Preparation Officer will also provide you with the name of your Travel Coordination Team at that time.
The next day, you’ll meet the Travel Officers. Keep in mind you need to be showered, hygienic, and neat in appearance to travel, which isn’t something I probably need to tell you, but some people need to be reminded. You’ll travel by van to the airport. Prior to boarding, you’ll be given your plane ticket, $2500 cash, and a check for $22,000.
I need to make a photocopy of your ID and __(verifying document)
Do you have any questions for me?
If yes the PO will make a mental note of the question, answer it, and then log it after the client leaves. This will aid PO’s in developing effective answers to common questions. Not a requirement but a suggestion, unless it proves to be a hindrance.
If no: Would you like to schedule a final intake appointment?
If no: No problem, I appreciate you coming in, if you change your mind you are welcome to call into the office and schedule an appointment.
If yes: We are scheduling final intake appointments on ____day, and ____day, is there a time that works for you?
Here is the information, the worksheet, and I look forward to seeing you _____day.
Don’t forget to pick up your bag if you checked one.
1: The client is greeted by reception if his agent is not waiting for him. Reception pages the PO, and the client is taken to meet with the PO.
2: Hello Mr./Ms __, good to see you again. Are you still interested in participating in the Homeless Liberation Initiative?
Have you completed your worksheet?
If you remember, or as was explained in your hand out, today will be the day you make your declaration to participate in the program. You will sign your affidavit, we will book your transportation, then you will come back the day before you are scheduled to leave. With this in mind do you definitely want to accept the HLI sum and not return to San Francisco?
If yes: Go see the receptionist and tell him/her that you are ready to see the notary, and after you see her/him bring me the copy of your affidavit, we’ll book your transportation, and review the rest of the process.
3: The client informs the receptionist that they are ready to see the notary. The receptionist provides the client with a ticket number, and directs the client to the notary waiting area.
4: Each Notary Officer will have a letter assignment. The client will see the notary when their number is called.
The NO calls out A 21. Mr. _ who is holding ticket A 21 enters the notary booth.
Hello, you are about to declare under the penalty of perjury that you agree to not return to San Francisco in exchange for the Fresh Start sum of $25,000, except on the condition that you repay the $25,000 prior to returning. Is this correct?
If yes: Print your name here, and sign and date here.
This is your copy, let reception know you are finished and bring the copy to your PO. Best of luck to you.
Then the notary calls out A22, and the next client enters.
5: The client returns to reception and informs the receptionist he/she is finished. The receptionist checks the board to make sure the agent is available. Given the potential for wait times to see the notary, a PO who is well organized should be able to see other appointments on final intake days while waiting for clients to return from making their declarations. If the agent is available the receptionist will send the participant to the agent, if not the receptionist will direct the participant to wait until the agent becomes available.
6: The participant will present the copy of the affidavit to the PO. The PO will make a copy for the participants file and return the other copy to the client. The PO will complete the final intake process by arranging transportation, reviewing the remaining steps in the program, and scheduling the departure date.
Ok Mr/Ms , on you’re work sheet you stated you wanted to go to _ and you wanted to leave . I am going to check and see what times are available to leave on that day.
The PO consults the airport website, the Transportation Managers schedule sheet, and informs the participant of his or her options for departure. The participant establishes a departure date.
Alright, you are set to leave , at . Now as we discussed you need to be here __ the day before departure and see preparation. They’ll give you your 250 dollar gift card so you can prepare yourself for travel, and let you know the time and the name of the Transport Coordination Team who will be facilitating your departure.
Do you have any questions for me?
If yes: answer questions and note question for FAQ. (FAQ notes if implemented will probably only last the first month. They may also be helpful if the program is adopted in other counties or cities.)
If no: Well it has been a pleasure to work with you through this process, I wish you safe travels and the best of luck.
The PO will scan the file into their computer if they have not done so already.
The Transportation Manager will receive the files for all participants who have completed final intake. The Transportation Manager will assign participants to the Transportation Coordination Team.
1: Transportation Manager has 50 files. He separates the files into like departure dates. Within the dates he separates into like departure times. And depending on availability, he separates into like departure locations, as it may be necessary to use neighboring airports to accommodate travel needs. Then he assigns participants to Transportation Coordination Teams. He logs the schedule and provides a copy to the Preparation Officer, and a copy to the Chief Officer. The TCM will notify the PO’s when a day is no longer available to schedule departures.
2: The participant enters the building and informs the receptionist they are here to see preparation. The receptionist directs the client to the distribution kiosk.
3: Because the contents in prep are valuable, prep will be in a securely enclosed kiosk with security walls and bullet proof glass.
The Preparation Officer will review the log and complete the G-2 form for each participant scheduled for that day. The G-2 form will remind the participant about details of the following day (To be in a travel ready state), what to do if the individual is unable to make his or her departure, and the consequences of a no call, no show. Primarily, the intended purpose is to provide the individual with the name of his or her Transportation Officer, and the time they are to arrive at the headquarters. There will be a space provided for the name of the participant, date, day, and time of departure appointment, and the name of the TO who will be facilitating his or her transportation needs.
The participant will approach the preparation kiosk, and provide the PrO with his or her name and photo ID. The PrO will provide the participant with the G-2 handout and the gift card, while registering the transfer on the G-1 Gift Card Kiosk Inventory Log.
My name is _, and I am here for preparation.
May I see your ID?
Participant produces ID, PrO verifies picture and name.
On this sheet is the time you need to be here tomorrow for departure and the name of your Transportation Officer. Do you have any questions?
1: In the morning, the Chief Officer will review the departure log for the following day. He will write the checks for the cash withdraws, and cashier’s checks. Then he will use available TCT members and or security to escort him to the bank to pick up the checks and withdraw the money.
2: The Chief Officer will also arrange for the procurement of cash to be distributed to clients departing the following day. Before doing so he will arrange for security. The CO would arrange for a two car escort, possibly from available TCT members. Ideally the cash could be delivered each day using armored truck services.
The CO will use post it notes numbered 1 through 25 inserted between the bills and put them into envelopes with the names of the participants for departure for the following day.
3: The CO will give the envelopes and checks to the Transportation Manager who will arrange a system for them to reach the Transportation Coordination Team he has said participants assigned to. A file system located in the Preparation room.
4: The TCT will arrive at headquarters and review the files of the participants scheduled to them for that day. Then they will enter the Preparation Room and make sure all of the participants resources they are servicing are in order. If not, they will call the TM and bring the discrepancy to his attention, and if the reason is unknown to the TM, he will coordinate with the CO to remedy the situation. The TCT will plan their schedule for the day.
5: The departing participant shows his/her departure documentation to security to enter with their luggage. Then the participant shows the documentation to the receptionist who will direct the participant to the departure waiting area.
6: The TCT will check the departure waiting area periodically to greet waiting participants and assess their readiness in terms of appropriate dress, luggage, and appearance. If a participant is lacking in one of these areas, and time permits, they should be directed to a location to remedy the deficiency.
7: Once all participants have arrived, or the schedule requires the TCT to leave, they will assist the participants in loading their luggage and allow them to seat themselves. Since the TCT will be transporting individuals with significant cash sums, the TCT will be armed. The TCT will return to the headquarters while the passengers wait.
• One TO will retrieve the participant’s resource files.
• The TO will radio to security at the front of headquarters “preparing to transport”. Security will acknowledge.
• Prior to exiting the TO will radio to security “preparing to exit”. Security will radio back “clear” if there is no suspicious activity, or will radio back “standby” if there is something that seems out of the ordinary. Then the security officer will inspect the suspicious element and radio back to the TO that they are “clear to exit”.
• Prior to exiting the TO who is not in possession of the resources will survey the area to ensure there are no foreseeable threats. Then he will tell his partner “clear”.
• After the clear has been given the TO in possession of the resources will exit and they will proceed to the van.
8: Once arriving at the airport the TO’s will divide the participants into two groups. One TO per group. Then the TO’s will find the concourse corresponding to the participants flights, naturally beginning with the earliest scheduled participant, unless of course the concourse of another participant is reached in route.
9: Upon finding the concourse the TO will advise the participant that they are now on the list of HLI participants and if they return to San Francisco without first contacting the city and repaying the sum, they will be arrested and charged with perjury. He/She will then provide the participant with his/her ticket, cash, and check, and make sure they know how and when to board the plane. Finally the TO will ask if the participant has any questions, and if no, wish them good luck.
10: After boarding all passengers the TCT will return to headquarters. TCT will then prepare for their next transfer. After all scheduled transfers have been completed, the TCT will fill out absentee forms for no call/ no shows. TCT will also complete certification of transport forms. Certification of transport forms will be placed in files and brought to records, while absentee forms will be given to the TM.
11: If after a period of 7 days the TM is unable to reach absentee individuals, the TM will provide the form marked no call/no show to the CO. The CO will contact the police and file a criminal complaint.
The Processing Officer will be responsible for making sure they have an adequate amount of forms to process potential participants for the day. These are the P-series forms.
P-1 Intake Hand Out Information
P-2 Work Sheet Application
P-3 Participant General Information Form
P-4 Processing Officer Credit Card Account Log
The Processing Officer will maintain a file for each participant.
This file will contain the following
A copy of documentation establishing proof of eligibility
A copy of the candidates photo ID
P-2 Work Sheet Application
P-3 Participant General Information Form
N-1 Copy of Affidavit
Copy of Airline Ticket purchase.
The PO will maintain files on all the potential participants he is servicing until they have completed final intake and scheduled their departure. Once final intake is complete, if the PO has not performed this task already, the file will be scanned and electronically filed on the PO’s computer. Then the file will be delivered to the Transportation Manager.
The PO will maintain a log to track the use and balance of his/her issued credit card used for purchasing airline tickets as specified in form P-4. The P-4 form will be submitted to records.
The PrO will maintain inventory of gift cards in the kiosk, and log each gift card distributed, to whom the card was distributed, and the time that this transfer took place. The PrO will provide the CO with the G-1 form which is the gift card inventory kiosk log, on a daily basis.
The Transport Manager will complete form M-1, the Transport Manager Credit Card Account Log, to record vehicle maintenance expenses and gas card purchases. Gas cards will be purchased and distributed to TCTs as needed.
The Transport Manager will submit completed form M-1 and form T-4, and T-5 collected from TCTs to the CO.
Transport Coordination Team
The administrative duties of the TCT have been outlined in their day to day operations, with the exception of completing form T-4, which is the fuel log and T-5 which is the maintenance notification form. TCTs will complete the T-4 and T-5 forms as needed, and submit it to the Transport Manager.
The notary will provide all affidavits to the CO at the end of the day.
All financial arrangements are made through the CO the CO will be in charge of accounting. He will use Quickbooks to manage account information.
Bank account information will be entered into QB.
The CO will enter HLI utility accounts into QB, and pay them using the bank account that is in QB.
Contracted team members will submit their 1099 information and it will be entered into QB. Each Friday they will submit their C-1 Form to the CO. The CO will note any absences and deduct 1/5th of weekly contracting rate per absence. He will print the check, and enter the payment under the contractors 1099 account in QB. Checks may be available the same day if time permits.
HLI issued Credit Cards will be entered into QB.
PO Cards will be used almost exclusively for purchasing airfare, and the P-4 log will include the name of the participant, the time the tickets were purchased, and the receipts will be attached to the log. At the end of each day the CO will use QB and enter the participants name under vendor, which will allow him to audit the PO log while maintaining an easily accessible database of participants.
CO will periodically audit the TM’s credit card account information through QB by comparing it to the M-1 form and comparing the M-1 (Gas Card Purchases) to the T-4(Mileage and Fuel Log). He will inquire about vehicle maintenance as tracked through the TM’s credit card account expenses recorded by QB.
The CO will cash personal business checks to procure the cash for participants. Participants at this stage are already in QB as vendors, and so the CO will add expense, bring up the vendor which is the participant, and then enter the check number to record the expense. The CO will use this same method for purchasing the cashiers checks for participants.
All other expenses will be paid for with the CO’s HLI credit card, and expenses will be monitored through QB.
The CO will create weekly reports detailing expenses and bank account information to track the depletion of funds verses the amount of participants who have been liberated.
Other CO Administrative Duties
The CO will scan the affidavits to create an electronic database and file them alphabetically, a task that the records clerk may assist him with periodically. He will also work with law enforcement to create the voluntary “persona non grata” data base. In this law enforcement will know if they encounter anyone who has used the HLI when the individual’s name is checked for warrants, or if they return to apply for benefits through the human services agency.
The CO will scan the G-1 Gift Card Inventory Kiosk Log, The M-1 Transport Manager Account Log, the T-3 Certification of Departure, and the T4- Gas Card Log Information into his computer. He will maintain the physical file by date.
The CO will collect the T-2 Absentee Form. He will make one final phone call to a participant on the form. If there is no answer he will call the police and file a report.
The RcO will collect the participant files and file them alphabetically. The RcO will assist the CO in administrative duties, and may be called on to assist other team members time permitting.
Additional Job Descriptions
The Chief Officer will oversee all aspects of the Homeless Liberation Initiative, respond to contingencies, and ensure the program is functioning at maximum efficiency to ensure HLI reaches and exceeds it’s stated goals.
The CO will find a suitable location or locations for HLI to operate from. He will develop a floor plan and procure materials necessary to begin and maintain the day to day operations.
The CO will hire competent staff contractors to execute the day to day activities. The program may require more contractors depending on whether there will be a separate office for Preparation and Transportation, which is a consideration that cannot be finalized until the process of finding a location begins.
The executive will maintain an accurate account of HLI finances as described in the administrative operations section.
The CO will perform all duties described in the day to day operations section of this proposal.
The CO will be responsible for liquidating program assets at the conclusion of the program.
The CO will return unused funds to the county.
The Chief Officer will be contracted for the duration of the program for $100,000, paid in full once funding is available and a base of operation, or bases of operations are being sought.
If the program is able to process 4500 homeless people, which is equal to reducing the homeless population in San Francisco by 60%, the Chief Executive will receive a bonus of $400,000.
The Chief Executive will retain the proceeds from liquidated materials at the conclusion of the program.
The Receptionist duties include greeting participants, directing participants to the proper area for their appointment, and assisting with scheduling walk in and phoned in interest.
The Receptionist will be contracted at a rate of 1000 dollars per week.
If the program goal is met, the Receptionist will receive a 10,000 dollar bonus at the conclusion of the program.
Processing Officer duties include maintaining forms and materials to process Fresh Start candidates. PO’s will maintain their schedule, working with reception as needed, and coordinate with Transportation to ensure issues don’t arise due to over scheduling departures.
PO’s will interview and gather information from Fresh Start participants, treating them with dignity, respect, patience, and sensitivity.
PO will maintain accurate files in accordance with the description provided in in the administrative duties section, until participants have completed Final Intake, as well as maintain a digital file of all processed participants.
The PO will keep an accurate log of travel purchase accommodations as specified in the P-4 form.
The Processing Officer will be contracted at a rate of $1500 per week.
If the program meets the goal the Processing Officer will receive a $25,000 bonus.
Security will be tasked with maintaining order and the general safety of other contracted staff as well as HLI participants on HLI grounds. There will be an SO at the front of the building outside the entrance, another inside the building who will be will be in charge of checking bags, and a third at the rear entrance if there is a rear entrance.
Security will be contracted at a rate of 1200 dollars per week.
If the program meets it’s goal the Security Officer will receive a $10,000 bonus.
The Notary Officer will notarize affidavits of HLI participants and provide the original copy with the CO.
The Notary will be contracted at a rate of $1000 per week.
If the program meets it’s goal, the Notary will receive a bonus of $10,000.
Transportation Officers will review the files of all participants scheduled to their team and ensure that information is accurate and participant resources are available. They will execute safety procedures in the transportation of participants to their final points of departure. They will log fuel purchases as specified by the T-4 form and complete vehicle maintenance requests through the T-5 form. TC’s will complete departure certificates and absentee forms as needed.
The Transportation Officer will be contracted at a rate of 1500 dollars per week.
If the program meets the goal the Transportation Coordinator will receive a bonus of $15,000 dollars.
The Transportation Manager will receive the files for all participants who have completed final intake.
The Transportation Manager will assign participants to the Transportation Coordination Team.
The Transportation Manager is must provide the PA’s with accurate information concerning the availability of days for departure.
The TCM will complete form M-1 to log his credit card usage in the interest of gas card purchases and vehicle maintenance.
The TCM will distribute collected T-4 and T-5 forms from the TCTs to the CO.
The TCM will attempt to reach absentee participants for 7 days.
The TCM will be contracted at a rate of $2000 per week.
If the program meets the goal the TCM will receive a $20,000 dollar bonus.
The Records Officer will alphabetize files according to the month the participant departed in. The records clerk will assist the CO with administrative duties as availability and need permits.
The Records Officer will be contracted at a rate of 1000 dollars per week.
If the program reaches the goal the Records Officer will receive a 10,000 dollar bonus.
The Preparation Officer will distribute departure information and gift cards to participants and maintain a log of distributed gift cards.
The Preparation Officer will be contracted at a rate of 1000 dollars per week.
If the program reaches the goal the Preparation Officer will receive a 10,000 dollar bonus.
HLI requires office space to accommodate 25 contracted staff members plus supplies and patrons. This could be accomplished in as little as 2650 sqft.
The Security/Check Bag area will require 8×10 feet of space, including a shelf for bags, a chair, ticket system to check bags, as well as floor space for bags too large to be placed on the shelf. 80 sqft
The Reception area will be 8 x8, a 4 by 8 foot counter including a drawer underneath to store materials, and a 4 by 8ft area for a chair, and schedule board to be mounted on the wall.
The Processing Officer areas will be 10 by 10 feet, to accommodate a desk, computer, two chairs and a file cabinet. 100 sq ft x 6 PA’s = 600sq ft
The Notary area will be 6 by 8ft and will consist of affidavit box, two chairs and a desk.
48 sq ft x 2 = 96 sq ft
The Notary waiting area will be 16 ft by 6 ft and be occupied by two rows of 8 chairs, and a television mounted to the wall. 96 sq ft.
The Transport Coordination Team room will be 12 ft by 14 ft to accommodate a couch, 2 tables, file cabinet, 6 chairs and a television mounted on the wall. 168 sq ft
The Departure waiting room will be 12ft by 14 ft and consist of 20 chairs, and a television mounted tot he wall. 168 sq ft
The Preparation office will be 12ft by 12 ft and contain a desk to store preparation paper work materials, a table for participant’s resources for departure, and a safe for the Preparation gift cards. 144 sq ft
The Transport Managers will be 12 by 8 ft, to accommodate a desk, a table, and a file cabinet. 96 sq ft
The copy room will be 8ft by 8ft and contain two copiers a shelf to store paper and a table. 64 sq ft
The Records room will be 12 by 8 ft, and consist of a table, a chair, 6 file cabinets 96 sq ft.
Bathroom 12×8 96 sq ft.
The Chief Officer requires a space 12ft by 12ft, to accommodate a desk, computer, a table, a chair, a printer, and two file cabinets. 144 sq ft
The ideal space for the floor plan would be an area 92ft by 28ft which would form a long hall for all rooms to fit perfectly including an 8 foot wide walkway that narrows to four feet at an 8 foot section, and a 12 foot section and expands to 10 feet for an 8 foot section. This would require 2576 sq ft. The floor plan can and likely will have to be adapted to fit the dimensions of an actual space and so for budgetary purposes and ease of use in terms of a number Fresh Start will require a minimum of 2600 sq ft.
While the average annual cost to rent office space in San Francisco is 65 dollars per square foot, upon researching spaces for lease there are many which are listed at prices that are substantially lower, in desirable areas. A desirable area for HLI is an area near the largest concentrations of homeless people. HLI would budget 45 dollars per sq ft for an annual lease. A 2600 sq ft space would cost about $120,000. (6)
(6):Office Space http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-much-your-company-pays-to-rent-office-space-2015-05-27
$120,000 One Year Lease
$ 15,000 For Utilities
HLI estimates based off the highest anticipated number of participants and the forms used to process them as well as paper required for other daily activities, that it will require about 55,000 sheets of paper, or 110 reams for the 6 months it intends to operate. At a price of 7 dollar a ream HLI is budgeting $800 to meet its paper needs.
HLI will purchase 8 laptops for 1000$ each.
HLI will purchase 100 legal pads for $300
HLI will require 200 ink pens and will budget $150 to purchase custom pens displaying the project logo which will help to encourage team cohesion.
HLI will require 120 boxes of universal manila folders at 20 dollars per box. $2400
HLI will require 10 2 hole paper punchers. Fresh Start will budget $60 to fill this need.
HLI will purchase 14 file cabinets at $150 each.
HLI will purchase 8 printers for $50 each.
HLI will purchase 8 document scanners for $100 each.
HLI will purchase 7 tables for $1000.
HLI will purchase 12 desks for $3500.
HLI will purchase 17 office chairs for $150 per chair.
HLI will purchase two copiers for $3000
HLI will purchase a shelf to be mounted in the copier room for $100
HLI will purchase 10 paper stacking trays for $100
HLI will purchase a safe for $300 to store the gift cards and overnight valuables.
HLI will purchase 3 televisions with wall mount brackets for $1500
HLI will purchase 60 plastic chairs for $1500
HLI will purchase a couch for $500
HLI will purchase a desk phone for 50$
HLI will purchase an 8×4 dry erase board for $300
The Transportation Coordination Teams will require 5 passenger vans. Fresh Start intends to spend 100,000 dollars purchasing used vehicles which should suffice to serve Fresh Start needs for a period of about 180 days. While leasing was considered the price per vehicle seems insignificant verses the added weight of managing transportation needs against lease terms.
HLI will spend $20 per day on parking. 5 vans for 180 days equals $18,000.
Material Total: $151,000
Chief Officer $100,000-$500,000
Receptionist 26 Weeks at $1000 per week is $26,000 2 Receptionists $52,000-$72,000
Processing Officer 26 Weeks at $1500 per week is $39,000, 6 Processing Officers $234,000-$384,000
Security Officer 26 Weeks at $1200 per week, 31,200 3 Security Officers $183,600- $213,600
Public Notary 26 Weeks at $1000 per week, $26,000, 2 Notary, $52,000-$72,000
Transportation Coordinators $1500 per week, 26 weeks $39,000 9 Transportation Coordinators $351,000-$486,000.
The Transportation Manager will be contracted at $2000 per week, for 26weeks, $52,000-$72,000
The Preparation Officer $1200 per week, 26 weeks, $31,200-$41,200.
Labor Cost: $1,055,800/1,840,800
Cost of Operations
Contingency Fund: $ 373,200
Total Operational: $2.5 Million
When the HLI project achieves it’s goal, as previously expressed there will be no reason for anyone in San Francisco to live on the streets since the city is equipped to handle 42% of the homeless population in providing shelter. While the author does not propose any specific ordinances to prevent the establishment of future homeless people in San Francisco, ordinances should be included as a condition of HLI success. This is an area better suited for an elected representative, however, I am confident that there are already ordinances in place that prohibit urban camping but which are unenforcable due the extent of the problem.
Chief Officer Position
Beyond the good purpose HLI will fulfill for the people of San Francisco including the most disadvantaged, the chief motivation of it’s creator is the job of the Chief Officer for the HLI program. He wants the experience and the result which will pave the way for public service opportunities at the state level which will allow him to develop and implement other ideas and address existing issues.
Enforcing the Agreement
HLI will provide law enforcement with the names of individuals who participate in the HLI program. Law enforcement will be able to use these names and attach to their file that they participated in HLI. For ease of implementation it could be entered as a no produce city wide warrant. In this, if an HLI candidate returns to San Francisco without procuring necessary permits and they are stopped by law enforcement, it will show that they are in violation of the agreement.
Secondly, if an HLI participant applies for benefits, human services will have the HLI participants on file when they attempt to apply and will then be able to notify law enforcement.
The third aspect of enforcing the HLI agreement is the ordinances will make it unlawful for people to sleep outside once shelter and temporary housing space has become available as a result of reducing the homeless population. Meaning that should an HLI candidate return to SF without permit, or without repaying the sum to be homeless again, they will stand out and likely be stopped by law enforcement.
Fresh Start Form List
C-1 Pay Roll Form
P-1 Intake Hand Out Information (To Participant, Ends) 7000
P-2 Work Sheet Application (File) 7000
P-3 Participant General Information Form (File) 7000
P-4 Processing Agent Credit Card Account Log (From PO To CO Ends) 200
N-1 Affidavit (To Chief Officer, Ends) 7000
G-1 Gift Card Kiosk Inventory Log (To CO, Ends) 200
G-2 Preparation Handout (To Participant, Ends) 7000
M-1 Transport Manager Credit Card Account Log (To CO, Ends) 200
T-1 TC Resource Check List Log (No Transfer) 2000
T-2 Absentee Form (From TC, to TM, to either PO or CO) 50
T-3 Certification of Departure (To File and to CO) 7000
T-4 Gas Card Log Information (From TC, to MT, to CO,) 400
T-5 Vehicle Maintenance Notification Form (TO to TM, Ends) 10
File (From PO to TM, to TCT, to Records)