The City provides a variety of projects and services, including mental health and homelessness programs, parks, open spaces and recreational facilities, streets, curb ramps and plazas. There is a gap in City services for people with mental health and substance use disorders, and new health facilities and institutions. It is estimated that on any given night around 8,000 people are homeless in the City, and the City can offer shelter for less than half of them. Parks, recreation facilities, and open spaces are essential to City residents’ quality of life, and the COVID- 19 pandemic has increased use and demand. The city currently has a large backlog of deferred maintenance of these facilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in City unemployment levels approaching 10% within three weeks of the first shelter-in-place order. Additionally, the City’s most recent 10-year capital plan identifies a deferred maintenance backlog of $799 million for streets and General Fund facilities, and the Recreation and Parks Department’s more recent facilities condition assessment shows $950 million in deferred maintenance.
Proposition A Proposal
Proposition A is a bond measure that would allow the city to borrow up to $487.5 million by issuing bonds. Part of the money could be used to upgrade facilities to house and deliver services for persons experiencing mental health challenges, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness. Bond proceeds could help to create a more sufficient supply of Permanent Supportive Housing units for those needing long-term affordable housing and on-site social services.
Bond proceeds could also be allocated to the City’s parks and recreation infrastructure, addressing public safety hazards, improving disabled access, enhancing green infrastructure, climate resiliency, and seismic safety, thereby improving the overall condition of our neighborhoods and parks. Streets, curb ramps, street structures, and plazas would be upgraded, and the City’s backlog of deferred maintenance would be addressed.
The proposed allocation of the $487.5 million in bonds is as follows:
- $207 million for facilities to deliver services for people experiencing mental health challenges, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness
- $239 million for park, open space, and recreation facilities
- $41.5 million for streets, curb ramps, street structures, and plazas
Source: Legal Text of Proposition A and League of Women Voters of San Francisco Nonpartisan Analysis of Proposition A