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.