WRAP v. Newsom

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DRA represented the Western Regional Advocacy Project and the Coalition on Homelessness in this lawsuit on behalf of people with psychiatric and mobility disabilities who experienced barriers in San Francisco’s homeless shelter system. DRA reached a settlement with the City that was approved by the court in August of 2010.

During the course of the lawsuit, the City experienced severe budget reductions and decreased the number of shelter beds for the homeless. To address this immediate issue, DRA obtained the City’s agreement not to decrease the number of shelter spaces further for at least one calendar year.

In addition, the City agreed to ensure that shelter staff received training on the needs of people with psychiatric and mobility disabilities and to provide accessible transportation to and from reservation centers and shelters. Further, the city agreed to improve the shelter reservation system by implementing better tracking of problems such as dropped reservations.

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