Keep It Up, California: A Major City Gives Its Homeless Hotel Rooms, Alcohol, and Drugs

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Bill Semeniuk, 67, smokes cannabis in Kamloops, British Columbia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)


If you’re a charitable, caring person, perhaps you’d like to give homeless people something to help. You know, like drugs and alcohol.

If so, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is right there with ya.

Out in California — a place known for making the very best problem-solving decisions — the home of Rice-A-Roni is offering
those without permanent lodging a relaxing bit of the ol’ life.

Here’s how the story came out:

Twitter user “T Wolf,” whose profile identifies him as a “formerly homeless addict in #recovery advocating for the #truth about homelessness and drug addiction,” dropped a social media bomb.

He posted:

“I just found out that homeless placed in hotels in SF are being delivered Alcohol, Weed and Methadone because they identified as an addict/alcoholic for FREE. You’re supposed to be offering treatment. This is enabling and is wrong on many levels.”

You can’t beat free.

But is it true? You’ll be glad to know the San Francisco Department of Public Health stepped in to confirm Mr. Wolf’s tweet. And naysayers, jump back — it’s all about reducing harm:


“These harm reduction based practices, which are not unique to San Francisco, and are not paid for with taxpayer money, help guests successfully complete isolation and quarantine and have significant individual and public health benefits in the COVID-19 pandemic.”

I’d like to get in on that action myself — I have a list of things that could help me “successfully complete isolation and quarantine and have significant individual and public health benefits.”

And I won’t even ask to be put up in a Holiday Inn.

As for those currently being assisted, there’s a stupendous secondary effect — perhaps the homelessly hotel’d will be too drunk or high to make it out onto the sidewalk to poop:

Presently, unfortunately, feces looks to have replaced that rice stuff as the San Francisco Treat.

Thanks to the Department of Health, for some lucky hotel residents, it seems this is the SF treat, too:


Keep it comin’, California.



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