Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Task Force - January 17, 2019 - Minutes
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
James Sanbonmatsu, Margot Antonetty, Angela Chu, Jordan Davis, Clifford Gilmore, Dan Jordan, Larry Kessler, Sam Patel, Chirag Bhakta, Raul Fernández-Berriozábal, Diana Martinez
City Attorney Peter Keith
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by James Sanbonmatsu.
Roll call / Determination of Quorum:
James Sanbonmatsu determined there was a quorum.
James Sanbonmatsu announced that the agenda will not be followed in numerical order due to the availability of the guest speakers.
Administrative Announcements and Application Process
James Sanbonmatsu announced Bruce Burge is no longer a member of the SRO Task Force and is accepting applications for the position.
Diana Martinez resigned from the SRO Task Force. She expressed that she enjoyed her tenure as a member of the SRO Task Force. Juan Garcia will attend future meetings and represent the Mission SRO Collaborative, although not as an official member. James Sanbonmatsu asked Peter Keith what the steps are to make the transition, and he responded that he has to check on the policy.
Presentation from Joanna Fraguli, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office on Disability: Service and Support Animals
Joanna Fraguli defined the laws and interpretations of service and support animals. Service animals are used to accompany people in environments that include housing, public places, and transportation. Federal law only recognizes dogs as a service animal, trained on a specific disability. Dogs do not need to have identifying tags to verify that it is a service animal. Rodents and birds do not apply as support animals due to health hazards, however emotional assistance animals are not required to have specialized training, but the owner has to have full control of the animal and not bother other tenants in a housing environment. Emotional assistance animals are not required to be allowed in public accommodations, although many places allow it.
There are two questions that can be addressed when a support animal is in a public setting.
1. What task is the support animal supposed to perform?
2. Has the support animal been trained to perform the task?
Support animals, particularly dogs, are trained to remind people to take medications, anxiety (a dog putting a paw on the owner during an attack), or big dogs to assist with ambulation (such as a person with Parkinson’s disease).
Joanna Fraguli, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office on Disability
1155 Market St
Cliffor Gilmore, Margot Antonetty made comments.
Presentation from Jennifer Henley, AAI Program Manager, San Francisco SPCA: Service and Support Animals
Jennifer Henley introduced the AAT, Animal Assisted Therapy, program at the San Francisco SPCA. There is no legal definition of therapy support animals, but it is perceived as animals that are used for emotional support through the human/animal bond. The AAT program is designed to send out a team of handlers/animals to a setting to provide emotional support for a group of people. Settings include libraries, hospitals, SROs and nursing homes. The program also reaches out to high risk populations, which include veterans and at-risk youth.
Jennifer Henley, AAI Program Manager, San Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama St
Jordan Davis, James Sanbonmatsu, Margot Antonetty made comments.
Jordan Davis made a motion, seconded by Margo Antonetty. The motion passed unanimously.
Reports from SRO Collaborative:
Reports from Clifford Gilmore of Central City SRO Collaborative, Diana Martinez of Mission SRO Collaborative, Angela Chu of Chinatown SRO Collaborative – Chinatown CDC and Raul Fernandez-Berriozabal of SRO Families United Collaborative
Prioritization of Future Meeting Topics:
James Sanbonmatsu informed members to e-mail him with requests.
General Public Comment:
Jordan Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dan Jordan seconded the motion.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10am by James Sanbonmatsu.