A bitter fight over a Cow Hollow housing project for youth at risk of homelessness and those aging out of the state’s foster care system will play out before San Francisco’s Planning Commission meeting Thursday afternoon (July 14).
Two service providers, Community Housing Partnership and Larkin Street Youth Services, plan to house up to 24 youth, aged 18 to 24, at the former 30-room Edward II Inn. The vacant boutique tourist hotel is located at 3155 Scott Street and Lombard.
It is estimated that up to one-third of the youth will be LGBT as studies have found they account for 10 percent of the young adults who “age out” of the foster care system. Queer youth also account for 40 percent of the homeless youth population.
The development is being vehemently opposed by some nearby neighbors and merchants, whose concerns range from seeing property values plummet to whether the site is an appropriate location for at-risk youth. They point to the fact that nearby is the Bridge Hotel, a magnet for criminal activity that the city attorney’s office targeted last year for numerous code violations.
In a letter to city officials, Greenwich Street resident Peter Blumberg wrote that he does “not think that this is a suitable location for young adults with two bars next door and across the road. The Chestnut Street area is and has always been family friendly with little or no drunkenness or rowdiness and any changes to this would be most undesirable.”
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