San Francisco Public Library Hires A Social Worker To Assist With Homeless Outreach


At San Francisco’s main branch public library, the homeless who congregate for warmth, entertainment and the use of public restrooms are approached not by security guards but by a city-employed psychiatric social worker. Leah Esguerra was hired by the San Francisco Main Library and the city’s Department of Public Health a year ago to provide outreach services to the homeless who frequent the library. Since she started, Esguerra has been able to transition 150 people to social services, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.


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