S.F. wants to put homeless hotels around the city. These are the neighborhoods pushing back
Many Japantown community leaders, business owners and residents are opposing San Francisco’s plan to buy a tourist hotel in the neighborhood and convert it into permanent affordable housing with social services for people experiencing homelessness.
Locals say their opposition isn’t “anti-homeless,” pointing out many supported using the Buchanan Hotel to house homeless people during the pandemic. But they’re worried about the demise of tourism if one of the neigborhood’s two hotels is permanently lost, and critical of what they feel is a rushed process in a historically marginalized community.