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San Francisco commission OKs shelter near tourist area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco port commissioners are deciding whether to approve a new homeless shelter along the city’s touristy and residential Embarcadero.

Angry waterfront residents have packed meetings opposing the shelter that could house up to 200 people. They even shouted down Mayor London Breed, who proposed the shelter, and have vowed to sue if it’s approved.

Supporters say the homeless need a safe place to sleep and that the city is in crisis.

The Port of San Francisco owns the land for the proposed shelter site. Staff are recommending commissioners approve an initial two-year lease with the city’s homelessness department in a vote Tuesday.

The idyllic site has sparked an intense debate among residents, with both sides raising hundreds of thousands of dollars online in campaigns for and against the shelter.

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