In June, five members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors placed on the ballot a measure that would repeal Care Not Cash, San Francisco’s program for helping single, homeless adults.
Recently the measure was pulled from the ballot. This is a big win for the campaign that we started when we first learned this measure might move forward.
As soon as the repeal of Care Not Cash was introduced we got to work. We started a Facebook page, aTwitter feed and reached out to the news media. The San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner both editorialized against the proposed repeal. As our effort progressed we developed a web page and began the process of organizing a campaign. With the leadership of Supervisor Mark Farrell, we developed a campaign committee and a team of campaign consultants.
I have no doubt that if the measure had remained on the ballot we would have secured a major victory. Keeping Care Not Cash is a victory for the City of San Francisco. A senior Department of Human Services executive called the project “the best policy initiative I’ve been involved over the course of my 35 year career.”
In the end the policy behind Care Not Cash overcame the political ploy to repeal it.