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Controversial Tenderloin Center to Shutter in December
Monday, July 04, 2022

Controversial Tenderloin Center to Shutter in December

The Tenderloin Center, which opened as part of Mayor London Breed’s emergency declaration to address drug-related deaths, is set to close at the end of the year. 

The mayor’s office confirmed the closure on Thursday. 

Formerly called the Linkage Center, the facility opened in January and was described as a place to connect those suffering from drug addiction or other issues with services such as treatment and housing referrals, and offered food and shower facilities.

Watch: Video Tour of the Inside of the Tenderloin Center

However, the site attracted scrutiny both from locals and some press for appearing to serve as a de facto supervised consumption site, which is not permitted under federal and state law. City contractors involved with the site described it as an “overdose prevention site” prior to its opening, according to an investigation by The Standard, while progress reports from the city described few service links. 

The city changed the facility’s name to the Tenderloin Center sometime this spring, and allowed press into the site for the first time two weeks ago.  

The Board of Supervisors voted last month to extend a lease for the Tenderloin Center through the end of the year, but the mayor’s budget does not include funding for the site beyond December. 

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The budget “matches the timeline” for the lease extension, said Parisa Safarzadeh, press secretary for Breed, in a statement. She added that the mayor’s emergency initiative will evolve beyond its initial form. 

“This extension gives additional time to evaluate the model and determine the long-term plan for providing critical services of overdose prevention and other health and human services support to the community,” Safarzadeh said. “The City will have more to share in the coming months about the next phase of the TEI, and how behavioral health and overdose prevention services will be provided to meet that critical need.”

Annie Gaus can be reached at [email protected].
  • Recently the Safe Sleep (tent) site in between the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum closed. As it and the Linkage center were the subjects of public criticism, it makes one wonder if the two are connected.

  • Crime was committed when this drug den was opened. Shutting it down is a good move but might be too late to avoid criminal charges from the Feds. I wonder which sup will serve prison for this.

  • Good. All it did was close off the Civic Center to everyone but junkies and dealers.

    It would be nice if San Francisco’s civic leaders occasionally thought about improving the city for the rest of us.

  • Nineteen million to open the center, and millions more to operate it, and less than 1% of visitors accepted placement. The mayor used this site as her cover for opening an injection site without notifying the neighborhood or the taxpayers. Where is she planning to put the next one?

    What is the plan, and where is the accountability? I’m losing any confidence that San Francisco’s homelessness situation ever will be addressed.

    No one in city government seems to care

  • The TL is in even worse shape since the Center opened. London Breed 8s an idiot. SFPD sucks. The City doesn’t give a shit about the working poor.

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