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Benefitting Union Square Cares Program

Downtown Streets Team is a Union Square Cares program, which offers workforce development opportunities to homeless individuals around the Union Square community. Since launched, 21 members have been permanently housed and 23 have received full-time employment. DST members were responsible for removing over 210,000 lbs of debris last year.

Miracle Messages is a new program of Union Square Cares where a person experiencing homelessness records a message to a loved one, often with the help of a volunteer. Their extensive network of digital detectives attempt to locate the loved one and deliver the Miracle Message. 20% of reunions have led to housing and 80% have led to a positive outcome, all at a fraction of the cost of other interventions.

Highlights of our work in 2018 in the Union Square area include:

·         Sponsoring two months of Downtown Streets Team programming and homeless workforce development services

Public Realm & Streetscape Improvements:

Have fond memories of Union Square, San Francisco with your family and friends? Help us improve the community through public art installations, regular programming, beautification, and capital improvements.

Highlights of our work in 2018 in the Union Square area include:

·         Hanging flower baskets on Maiden Lane

·         Activating Lunch on the Lane from April through November

·         Maintaining the landscaping on the Powell Street Promenade

·         Decorating for the holidays including lighting the palm trees in Union Square

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