San Francisco opens two pop-up homeless shelters for wet weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management announced that two pop-up homeless shelters will open up in San Francisco starting on Saturday, in preparation for the heavy rain expected throughout the Bay Area this weekend.

This weekend’s rain is expected to bring wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour and thunderstorms on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The wet weather could result in possible power outages, floodings, and downed trees.

Response Manager of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency, Ben Amyes, says, “We’re expecting even more through our humanitarian release efforts to work with folks to get them off the streets though the heavy rain this weekend.”

The first pop-up shelter is opening on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and is expected to close Monday at 9:00 a.m., located at the San Francisco County Fair Building’s Hall of Flowers at 1199 Ninth Avenue. The shelter has enough space to house about 100 people. Pets at this shelter location will not be allowed.

Th second pop-up shelter is opening on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and closing on Monday at 9:00 a.m., located at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 99 Grove Street. The shelter is expected to house about 100 people and has extra space available for families and pets.

In addition to the two pop-up shelters, the Human Services Agency said it had expanded space at the homeless shelter located at Pier 80.

The Human Services Agency is also providing transportation for homeless residents from the Multi-Service Center, located at 525 Bryan Street, to the shelter at the Hall of Flowers.

Members of the San Francisco Department of Health’s Homeless Outreach Team will be conducting outreach to anyone in need of shelter throughout the weekend. “They’re very familiar with the city and they will fan out and let people know it will be a rainy weekend,” health department spokesperson Rachael Kagan said.

The emergency management department encourages the public to call 311 if they see anyone in need of shelter, and outreach team members will provide them with shelter information.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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