A community of wealthy San Francisco residents who live in an upscale neighborhood, brought the community together and created a GoFundMe to raise money to prevent a Homeless Shelter from being built in their neighborhood, so their neighborhood wouldn’t be tainted.
The GoFundMe campaign, which has really raised a surprising high amount so far, was created earlier this month when Mayor London Breed proposed a 200-bed shelter along the coast of San Francisco Bay.
The opponents say that their neighborhood is not the place for that.
Part of the opponents’ post reads:
“The planned location for Mayor Breed’s #megashelter is home to thousands of families, visited by millions of tourists and at the center of some of San Francisco’s most iconic events – including the San Francisco Marathon, San Francisco Giants stadium and on one of the busiest bicyclist paths in the city,”
So far the post has raised $70,000 dollars, with a goal of $100,000.
One contributor who remained anonymous, gave $10,000 out of his own pocket for the cause.
The goal is to raise money to hire attorney Andrew Zacks to represent the “Not in my back yard” residents.
After the the campaign was created, an opposing campaign rose rivaling that campaign, trying to raise enough money to help the homeless people. The new rivaling campaign started off slow, but saw a huge rise, surpassing that of the above campaign that’s trying to keep homeless people on the streets.
This positive campaign rivaling the first mention campaign reads:
Please note the following details pursuant to a request from GoFundMe
1. I care about homeless people.
2. I believe they deserve safe and humane shelter.
3. The funds will be used exclusively to support the amazing work the Coalition on Homelessness does to support our unhoused neighbors.
4. The monies will be sent to the Coalition to continue their amazing work.
(For those who don’t have the back story: we’re fighting an effort by residents of one of the richest neighborhoods in San Francisco to block a homeless shelter on a parking lot: