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SF Cancels $50 Million in Late Fees for Traffic FinesSF Cancels $50 Million in Late Fees for Traffic Fines
By - posted 9/20/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco, Transportation

By Thomas Hughes, BCN Foundation Tens of thousands of San Francisco residents are having debt from late fees for traffic fines wiped from the books. The San Francisco Superior Court eliminated $50 million in outstanding fees last week, according to a statement from the city treasurer’s office. The move cancelled 180,000 more...

Bay Area School District Asks If Teachers Can Move InBay Area School District Asks If Teachers Can Move In
By - posted 9/6/2022
Getting Help, Housing

Thanks to ABC7 for sharing the news that Milpitas Unified School District is asking parents for help. The high cost of living in the Bay Area has grossly affected teachers and school staff, so the school district has taken a new approach. They’ve reached out to parents with please delivered by more...

Sonoma County Launches Basic Income Pilot ProgramSonoma County Launches Basic Income Pilot Program
By - posted 9/6/2022
Brand New, Getting Help

By Katy St. Clair, Bay City News Foundation Sonoma County will be spearheading a pilot program to provide a guaranteed minimum income to over 300 low-income families to study whether poverty is reduced and economic mobility is enhanced, the county announced Thursday. The Pathway to Income Equity program began taking applications Thursday. more...

CA's New Tax Relief Plan Offers Refunds Up to $1,050CA’s New Tax Relief Plan Offers Refunds Up to $1,050
By - posted 6/28/2022
Getting Help

By Alexei Koseff, CalMatters IN SUMMARY After weeks of talks, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announce a tax relief plan that includes refunds of as much as $1,050. It is part of a $300 billion budget deal announced Sunday night. Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders have reached a tentative agreement to more...

SF Opens New 160-Unit Permanent Supportive Housing Complex in SoMaSF Opens New 160-Unit Permanent Supportive Housing Complex in SoMa
By - posted 5/18/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, Housing, San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor London Breed unveiled a new, 160-unit permanent supportive housing complex in the city’s SOMA District on Monday for adults and families with a history of homelessness. The site, located at 1321 Mission, consists of 40 multi-bedroom units for families and 120 units for individuals. Delivering Innovation in Supportive more...

SF May Pay for Businesses' Graffiti RemovalSF May Pay for Businesses’ Graffiti Removal
By - posted 5/12/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, San Francisco

Help may be on its way soon for San Francisco businesses tagged with graffiti. Supervisor Myrna Melgar introduced legislation that will allow property owners on business corridors to opt-in and allow the Department of Public Works to address graffiti for no charge. Co-sponsored by Supervisor Catherine Stefani, the ordinance would create more...

Santa Cruz is Getting a $5.4 Million Wildlife Tunnel Crossing by 2023Santa Cruz is Getting a $5.4 Million Wildlife Tunnel Crossing by 2023
By - posted 5/2/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, Outdoorsy

A project is now underway that will create a wildlife undercrossing beneath state Highway 17 to provide a route for mountain lions and other wildlife to travel safely between two large areas of habitat — both of which are separated by four lanes of the busy traffic corridor. The tunnel more...

SF & Oakland Awarded $22 Million to Convert Hotels Into Housing for the UnhousedSF & Oakland Awarded $22 Million to Convert Hotels Into Housing for the Unhoused
By - posted 3/30/2022
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, Housing

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Oakland and San Francisco have been awarded a combined $22 million in state grants to convert hotels in each city into permanent housing for homeless residents, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Wednesday. The city of Oakland will receive $14.8 million to buy and renovate the more...

Federal Govt Chooses 2 Bay Area Cities to Help Transition to Clean EconomyFederal Govt Chooses 2 Bay Area Cities to Help Transition to Clean Economy
By - posted 3/30/2022
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, Green

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News Two Bay Area cities were selected to get help with clean energy economic development from the U.S. Department of Energy, federal officials announced this week. Richmond and San Jose are part of 22 communities nationwide and four in the state receiving the help. The communities were more...

Santa Clara County Now Offers Financial Support for Chronically Ill ResidentsSanta Clara County Now Offers Financial Support for Chronically Ill Residents
By - posted 3/29/2022
Getting Help

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Santa Clara County has begun offering financial support to residents with chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes who struggle to pay their prescription drug costs, county officials said Tuesday. The MedAssist program supports those who have asthma, diabetes or severe allergies by partially or fully more...

By 2023 GG Park Museums Will Have 60+ ADA Parking SpacesBy 2023 GG Park Museums Will Have 60+ ADA Parking Spaces
By - posted 3/17/2022
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, San Francisco, Transportation

San Francisco has listened. Now that it looks like JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is going car-free, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is trying to address ADA concerns by adding more ADA parking and accessibility. After hearing concerns from older people and people with disabilities that closing some more...

SF's Giant Benefit Concert for Ukraine (w/ 500 Free Sunflowers)SF’s Giant Benefit Concert for Ukraine (w/ 500 Free Sunflowers)
By - posted 3/9/2022
Causes, Getting Help, San Francisco

A free humanitarian relief concert for Ukraine will be held Saturday, March 12, in Golden Gate Park. A coalition of organizations led by Sunset Piano, Illuminate, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council will host an extraordinary event called “Slava Ukraini!” (Glory to Ukraine!) at more...

SF's "Low-Income" Jurors Can Now Earn $100/DaySF’s “Low-Income” Jurors Can Now Earn $100/Day
By - posted 3/8/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco

A new pilot program just went into effect on March 7 that will compensate low to moderate-income jurors for their service — the first of its kind in California — city officials said. Starting on Monday, March 7, the “Be The Jury” program will provide jurors $100 per day of service more...

Meet SF's Cutest New Members of the San Francisco Fire Dept.Meet SF’s Cutest New Members of the San Francisco Fire Dept.
By - posted 2/22/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, San Francisco

Marley and Sadie are the newest and cutest crew members of the San Francisco Fire Department. Marley is a 16-month-old Red Fox Labrador Retriever and Sadie is a 20-month-old Yellow Labrador. The job of each dog is to help firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other first responders unwind and relieve more...

SF's Small Businesses Can Apply for $35k Relief of Unpaid Rent DebtSF’s Small Businesses Can Apply for $35k Relief of Unpaid Rent Debt
By - posted 2/20/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

San Francisco small businesses can apply for a grant to pay rent debt due to COVID-19. This grant will pay for a portion of the rent debt you accrued from March 2020 to September 2021 if your property owner agrees to extend your repayment term to September 2024. The pilot program more...