SF Mayor London Breed aims to cut red tape to help homeless faster

San Francisco Mayor London Breed plans to introduce two pieces of legislation Tuesday that could shave as much as nine months off the timeline for opening and operating new homeless shelters — including Navigation Centers, which offer services as well.

The bills are also intended to drastically reduce the time it takes the city to hire organizations that manage programs meant to keep people from becoming homeless in the first place.

“It’s really about addressing the issue of bureaucracy and trying to produce shelter beds sooner rather than later,” Breed said. The city’s abundance of regulations around construction and building permits, she said, “slows down our ability to produce what people are asking of us — getting people off the street, building more housing and making San Francisco work for people.”