Bevan Dufty generously gave me his time today (16 Feb 2015) as a key contributor to NEVER BLEND IN.
The book now has a sense of completion now that Bevan has spoken with me. I can’t emphasise quite how important his voice is in this project.
Many thanks for your time, your patience and your invaluable contribution Bevan!
David E Watters
NEVER BLEND IN
Bevan Dufty was appointed to serve as the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) on January 27, 2012 by Mayor Edwin M. Lee. HOPE is dedicated to addressing homeless services and better outcomes for individuals who are homeless or live in supportive housing.
Bevan Dufty has more than 18 years of public service to the City and County of San Francisco, including five years as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Services and eight years on the Board of Supervisors. As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Dufty helped neighborhood residents and merchants connect with City employees from every department to address issues of homelessness, public safety, housing, employment, traffic, pedestrian safety, and youth issues.
Dufty was twice elected to represent District Eight on the Board of Supervisors beginning in 2002. The same seat was once held by Harvey Milk. As Supervisor, Dufty demonstrated how local government can change lives tangibly by honoring the public trust, responding to community concerns and respecting differing viewpoints.
Dufty has worked hard to address homelessness, strongly supporting Care Not Cash and Mayor Newsom’s Housing First approach that dramatically expanded supportive housing. He helped to establish the Castro Young Adult Housing Collaborative for 22 homeless youth, funding neighborhood-based homeless outreach/case management teams, establishing case managers at the Main Library, and secured Board approval for the highly successful Community Justice Center. He has been focused on prevention for our transitional youth, chronically homeless and restructuring the courts approach to habitual offenders.
Dufty holds a degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, he served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Education to U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm of New York and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Julian Dixon of Los Angeles. Dufty has also served as Chief-of-Staff to former Supervisor Susan Leal.
On October 7, 2013, HOPE in partnership with Project Homeless Connect and AIDS Housing Alliance organized San Francisco’s first ever LGBTQ Connect. This event provided over 600 participants with onsite services in an environment that is accessible and welcoming to the LGBTQ community. These services included vision care, housing applications and workshops, employment counseling/job placement, self-defense, medical care and much more.
For the first time ever, Project Homeless Connect had 2 mobile dental vans providing on-site procedures. There were several dentist from the LGBTQ community volunteering.
LGBTQ Connect was an opportunity to identify ways to improve our ongoing system of care for the LGBTQ homeless population. With the help of Human Services Agency and the Department of Public Health, HOPE is forming a task force of City policy leaders to identify ways to decrease LGBT homelessness by 50% in 5 years.
THE QUESTIONS: (YOU’LL HAVE TO BUY THE BOOK TO READ HIS CANDID ANSWERS!!!)
What key events and which key people have shaped you?
Did you ever lack self-belief? If so, how was this overcome?
Where did you learn the skills to engage others in actively achieving your vision, throughout your career but particularly with HOPE?
Why is it particularly important that services are available to homeless LGBT?
With reference to this, what have been your proudest achievements!
What have been the benefits, personally and professionally, of living with personal authenticity?
As a parent, what is your approach to nurturing confidence and self- belief in your child?
Are you hopeful that we are moving forward positively toward a more equality society?
Why did you want to participate in this project and what is it’s value?