Recognizing that Union Square is the heart of San Francisco retail, hospitality, entertainment, and other economic drivers for the City and County, the Union Square Foundation provides critical support to both creating and maintaining a clean, safe, and beautiful environment that serves to enrich its public spaces for the enjoyment of the City’s residents, employees, and millions of visitors.
Hallidie Plaza is emblematic of our city’s tolerance for inappropriate street behaviors and quality of life issues. No one should have to dodge aggressive panhandlers or sidestep human waste to enter our city. Sadly, this reality has become routine for the millions of visitors and workers traveling to San Francisco, but it doesn’t have to be.
In an effort to alleviate homelessness, the Union Square Business Improvement District has collaborated with Downtown Streets Team to provide work opportunities for homeless or near homeless individuals.