The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s “A Place For All” ordinance to provide shelter for “everyone willing to accept it,” the county announced.

Tuesday’s unanimous vote will make it the policy of the City and County of San Francisco to offer all people experiencing homelessness a “safe place to sleep,” the county said.

Mandelman said that the city’s sidewalks “can no longer serve as the waiting room for permanent supportive housing” and that San Francisco should be responsible for providing every unsheltered person a “safe, dignified place to sleep.”

The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing must now prepare to implement the ordinance by Dec. 31, including the numbers of people estimated to be served, the cost of providing the shelter, and the total cost for the endeavor overall.

The ordinance also requires the Director of Real Estate to create, maintain and regularly update a list of lots or facilities appropriate for use as shelters, tiny home communities, or safe-sleeping sites.

The Controller will be required to submit reports every two years evaluating the program, the county said. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will also be required to create a dashboard on its website displaying the total number of shelters citywide, broken down by type, number of units and occupancy rate.

“Providing shelter for all is an act of basic humanity,” said Mandelman. “It is intimately related to what is happening on our sidewalks and it should not have taken San Francisco this long to adopt such a commonsense policy.”

Katy St. Clair got her start in journalism by working in the classifieds department at the East Bay Express during the height of alt weeklies, then sweet talked her way into becoming staff writer, submissions editor, and music editor. She has been a columnist in the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and the San Francisco Examiner. Starting in 2015, she begrudgingly scaled the inverted pyramid at dailies such as the Vallejo Times-Herald, The Vacaville Reporter, and the Daily Republic. She has her own independent news site and blog that covers the delightfully dysfunctional town of Vallejo, California, where she also collaborates with the investigative team at Open Vallejo. A passionate advocate for people with developmental disabilities, she serves on both the Board of the Arc of Solano and the Arc of California. She lives in Vallejo.