Information on this page is subject to change during the upcoming months and New Year. While everything listed are from sources such as DPH and OCEIA, we do not supervise them and provide information for your reference. If you need further assistance please call us directly at 415-557-4400.
What We Know Going Forward
- The results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election will have profound political, economic, and social implications for the United States, the world, and San Francisco though it is too early to predict those implications.
- While there are no changes happening yet, we can expect a lot moving forward into the new year.
- Whatever happens in the upcoming months know that San Francisco (and many other Sanctuary cities) will not accept many of the changes.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors official statement. A shortened version:
- WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it
- That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City.
- That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted.
- That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco.
- That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom.
- That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House.
- That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese.
- That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected.
- That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day.
- That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not.
- That California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar.
- That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake.
Mayor Ed Lee also wrote to the people of San Francisco: Open letter to the people of San Francisco, December 14, 2016, SF Examiner.
San Francisco is a Sanctuary City
- A sanctuary city is a city in the United States (or Canada), that has adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them solely for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living illegally.
- There are over 200 Sanctuary Cities within the United States, such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.
“So, what does this have to do with the election?”
President Elect Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. As a result, San Francisco will have to revise the budget from losing around $1 billion in federal funding. Here is an article on what could happen and the options San Francisco can take.
The Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA or its nickname, Obamacare, has 3 goals:
- Make affordable health insurance available to more people.
- Protect patients against arbitrary actions by insurance companies.
- Reduce costs
Throughout his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump has made it a priority to repeal and replace the ACA.
- What would replace the ACA? Mr. Trump has not given a replacement plan or any details regarding his healthcare plan.
- Although recently Mr. Trump has said, "Either Obamacare will be amended or repealed and replaced, I will look into suggestions and out of respect."
- He plans to keep covering patients with pre-existing conditions and allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.
So, what should I be doing?
- Replacing the ACA will take some convincing of Democrats by the Republicans and it could take up to 2 years.
- You should STILL sign up for healthcare in 2017 if you want it, enrollment is happening now which runs until January 31st, 2017.
- Sign up for Healthcare here
DPH, OCEIA, & Immigration
The Department of Public Health, The Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), and along with many other organizations have created excellent resource guides/packets to make sure you are prepared.
- Deferred Action San Francisco or Dream SF is a project of OCEIA that helps ease the process of immigration and protects you, register now at Deferred Action San Francisco
- Below are resources to help protect yourself:
Bullying, Harassment & Hate Crimes
Harassment, bullying and hate crime always spike during a time of change, please stay safe. If you or anyone you know is being targeted please call 911. In addition, here are other resources:
- Hate Crime Hotline: 415-551-9595
- Human Rights Commission: 415-252-2500
- Community United Against Violence: 415-781-0401
- SFPD Hate Crime Unit: 415-553-1133
For a fuller list of services for reporting hate crimes, see the Directory of Services for Witnesses and Victims of Hate Violence (PDF)
- San Francisco Resources Guide (PDF)
- San Francisco Respect and Love Toolkit and Resource Guide (PDF)
- San Francisco City Official Post Election Statement (PDF)
- SF Department of Public Health Post Election (PDF)
- Directory of Services for Witnesses and Victims of
Hate Violence (PDF)
- Bay Area Video Coalition Post Election (PDF)
- State of California Victims Compensation Board
Assists in payment of bills resulting from crime.
- State of California Department of Justice Victims Services Unit
Offers support and information during the criminal process phase
- SF District Attorney Office Victim Services
City agency that ensures that the criminal justice system is humane and safe for both victims and witnesses.
- Immigrant Rights Commission
City agency that fosters immigrant assistance programs. Patrons may attend public meetings to ensure causes are being addressed.