BEVAN DUFTY – Mayor appoints former District Supervisor as Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE)

New position to focus on innovation, public-private partnerships and strengthening existing programs

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Mayor Edwin M. Lee has appointed Bevan Dufty as the Mayor’s new Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE), addressing homeless services and better outcomes for individuals who are homeless or live in supportive housing.

“For the people on the street,” said Mayor Lee at last Friday’s press conference, “where is there hope coming from? It has to be that we register our support for them in every possible way. Getting all the different agencies around housing, getting all the different agencies around better quality services for our homeless, for those not wanting to be homeless as well as those already in the system – we need even more leadership.” He went on to say, “It’s not about temporary stuff. It’s about defining our long-term goal. It means that we reach out to people, we try to make life changes, and try to get a situation where better decisions can be made.”

Lee and Dufty had talked about an acronym for the project. “You cannot lose this,” said Lee, “because Housing, Opportunities, Partnership, and Engagement are well deserving titles in and of themselves. But when you put all that together – what does it spell? It spells something that we both share. And that is HOPE. That is the underlying reason why I asked Bevan to come aboard and take on this massive, very serious responsibility. It’s because we have to work on the future of HOPE for everybody in this city.”

Bevan Dufty has more than 18 years of public service to the City and County of San Francisco, including five years as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Services and eight years on the Board of Supervisors. As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Dufty helped neighborhood residents and merchants connect with City employees from every department to address issues of homelessness, public safety, housing, employment, traffic, pedestrian safety, and youth issues.

Dufty was twice elected to represent District 8 on the Board of Supervisors beginning in 2002. The same seat was once held by Harvey Milk. As Supervisor, Dufty demonstrated how local government can change lives tangibly by honoring the public trust, responding to community concerns and respecting differing viewpoints.

Dufty has worked hard to address homelessness, strongly supporting Care Not Cash and Mayor Newsom’s Housing First approach that dramatically expanded supportive housing. He helped to establish the Castro Young Adult Housing Collaborative for 22 homeless youth, funding neighborhood-based homeless outreach/case management teams, establishing case managers at the Main Library, and secured Board approval for the highly successful Community Justice Center. He has been focused on prevention for our transitional youth, chronically homeless and restructuring the courts approach to habitual offenders.

“We don’t want San Franciscans to feel like we’re not making a difference,” said Dufty. “And, sadly, the people that they see on the street are people that are not succeeding in the system either because it’s not working, falling between the cracks, not enough resources, or personal choices – deciding to not avail oneself to personal services. Those are the challenges we face. We’ve got to engage people because San Franciscans understand a lot about homelessness. My child talks to me a lot about homelessness. I see the art projects at her school. They talk about why can’t people have homes and why can’t people have jobs – the sorts of lives you want people to live.”

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Bevan Dufty and daughter Sidney

“I have hope in this job,” Bevan continued. “I didn’t want to come into a job that I saw as maintaining the status quo. And there are incredible things that are going on here, but we have the ability now in this 21st Century to really look at the outcomes for people. Not just within homeless services, but individuals who live in affordable housing, public housing, families that are at risk of homelessness, and for special populations. We have groups, whether it’s transgendered individuals, veterans, or families and recognizing that we have the ability to look at problems and to make a difference.”

Dufty has worked hard to address homelessness, strongly supporting Care Not Cash and Mayor Newsom’s Housing First approach that dramatically expanded supportive housing. He helped to establish the Castro Young Adult Housing Collaborative for 22 homeless youth, funding neighborhood-based homeless outreach/case management teams, establishing case managers at the Main Library, and secured Board approval for the highly successful Community Justice Center. He has been focused on prevention for our transitional youth, chronically homeless and restructuring the courts approach to habitual offenders.

Bevan Dufty believes that there is a level of comity, collegiality, and a willingness to work together that is unprecedented in the twenty years he has served in City government. His vast experience helps him to understand when constituents express their frustration about an individual on the street or the fact that a child can come to school and not know where they and their family are going to sleep that night. “We can do much-much better,” he said, “and I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to really do something that I’m going to commit my life in the years going forward – to making a difference for people. This is the beginning. We have an ambitious agenda. This is a mayor who truly believes in collaboration. He believes that there are ideas and energies that are out there among the citizenry that need to be reflectiving what the City does. So, I don’t stand here to say that we have all the answers. I say, we’re going to ask the questions and we’re going to work with everyone.”

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