SAN FRANCISCO STEPS UP TO HELP WOMEN AS MARIAN RESIDENCE CLOSES

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BY C.W. NEVIUS
The San Francisco Chronicle

What to do with San Francisco’s homeless people is always controversial topic. But there’s no debate about Marian Residence, a long-term shelter for women. Everyone thinks it is a great concept.

And no wonder. While creating shelters and long-term housing options for homeless men, the city has neglected the most vulnerable – homeless, single women. With very few safe shelters, these women are often forced to settle for abusive relationships with men in the hope that a companion will provide some protection.

So when it was announced that Marian Residence would close at the end of the month and send about 65 women – many of them elderly – out into the street, there was outrage, protest and consternation.

But there is no villain in this story.

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