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Written by: Dominic Fracassa
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People suffering from mental illness and drug addiction will get a boost from the city when San Francisco opens its latest Navigation Center for homeless people on Wednesday. Located at San Francisco General Hospital, the Hummingbird Psychiatric Respite Navigation Center will be the city’s first dedicated to helping a segment of the homeless population that has particular difficulty finding stable housing.
“As we’ve been able to expand Navigation Centers in the city, we’ve been able to articulate different needs that our system has, and this is clearly an important gap to be filled in our system, one around behavioral health and providing care to people in that kind of crisis,” said Sam Dodge, a deputy director at the city’s homelessness department.
Beginning Wednesday, the Hummingbird Center will offer four overnight beds to eligible adults who can be referred there from a number of city health agencies and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. The center will open another 11 beds in December.