S.F. has at least eight homeless response teams. Which can you actually call for help?

San Francisco Chronicle

Jan. 28, 2023

When a gallery owner was caught on video spraying a homeless woman with a hose in San Francisco earlier this month, outrage ensued. Conversations erupted around the morality of such behavior, whether or not it was illegal, and what the city’s response to both the assailant and the victim should be.

Others, however, voiced their own frustrations in attempting to get homeless people help. A recurring narrative was that a lack of responsiveness from the city led to vigilante action. While that talk has quieted in the wake of several recent mass shootings, online threats of continued vigilantism against San Francisco’s unhoused population aren’t hard to find.