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St. Anthony Foundation to Host Tenderloin Public Safety Town Hall


Media Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
(415) 254-5884 | SHaims@stanthonysf.org

SF DA Brooke Jenkins and SFPD Chief William Scott scheduled to attend Town Hall forum, following Tenderloin midday shooting on July 18.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August 1, 2023) – On July 18, a shooting occurred at the intersection of Leavenworth Street and Golden Gate Avenue in broad daylight, half a block away from St. Anthony Foundation’s services for those in need. One man was injured and taken to the hospital, and he was listed in critical condition (in a recent update). No other bystanders were injured. A suspect was taken into custody.

This recent midday shooting follows growing safety concerns from residents and community organizations in the Tenderloin. Hosted by St. Anthony Foundation, the Public Safety Town Hall presents an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns about the current state of the neighborhood and discuss potential solutions to improve public safety for all.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins and San Francisco Police Chief William (Bill) Scott are scheduled to attend as featured speakers, along with Mark Mazza, who leads the Joint Field Operations in the Tenderloin for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. Tom Wolf, notable community advocate will be the evening’s moderator.

WHAT: The Town Hall forum is an urgent response to ongoing community concerns following a midday shooting in the Tenderloin on July 18. St. Anthony Foundation and community organizations will voice concerns regarding the current state of the Tenderloin neighborhood, including the drug crisis and the lack of public safety.

WHO: Brooke Jenkins (San Francisco District Attorney); William Scott (San Francisco Police Chief); Mark Mazza (Joint Field Operations, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management); Tom Wolf (national and local street safety advocate; moderator); St. Anthony Foundation CEO Nils Behnke; leaders from Tenderloin community organizations

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: St. Anthony Foundation (Poverello Room), 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHY: As a long-standing leading community organization in the Tenderloin, St. Anthony’s provides one of the broadest portfolios of essential and life-changing social services to those in need in San Francisco. In addition to our staff, the foundation welcomes volunteers to our programs, who are the lifeblood of our work. To ensure everyone’s safety, St. Anthony’s is committed to collaborating with the city for a three-month timeline toward safer and more passable nearby streets so that we can continue to provide critical services to our guests.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Haims, 415-254-5884

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Learn more about the Public Safety Town Hall and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite webpage by clicking the link.

About St. Anthony Foundation

In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal.


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