The city’s newest Ferris wheels are helping curb the homelessness crisis by providing food, clothing, shelter, shelter and other services for people who can’t find them elsewhere.
The city announced Thursday it plans to build six new Ferrick wheel parks in the coming months.
The Ferris Wheels Project began in May with a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, the city said in a press release.
The grant was awarded to San Francisco to help fund the $300,000 project and is available to all residents of San Francisco.
The city expects to install 60 new Ferry wheels by the end of the year, with the new park opening by the beginning of 2020, the release said.
The new parks are expected to cost about $1 million each.
The project has been funded by the San Francisco-based nonprofit, The Community Foundation for Public Works.
The nonprofit has also committed $100,000 toward the project, the San Franciscan Times reported.
“These Ferris Wheel Park developments are a significant investment in our city and our community,” Mayor Ed Lee said in the release.
“I thank all of the dedicated individuals, corporations and community groups who have supported us over the past six months.
The success of the projects demonstrates that we are taking concrete steps to improve our communities and we’re doing so while keeping our community safe.”
Ferris Wheel Works in the Mission has installed more than 20,000 Ferris, the iconic wooden wheel that transports food, water, and other supplies to and from stores and restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The parks are planned to include restaurants, laundries, pharmacies, and health care facilities.
The parks are part of the citywide Ferris program, which also includes new ferris stations, ferris wheels and Ferris-mobile parks.
The program, designed to reduce homelessness and reduce the city-wide cost of living, was developed by a city task force and funded by an additional $1.6 million from the city, the Associated Press reported.
The goal of the project is to provide the city with more than 50,000 meals, shelter supplies, transportation, and a variety of services for homeless people, according to the city.
The project includes a new ferric wheel park, which will serve as a temporary home for homeless residents.
The number of homeless people in San Franciciscans shelters has increased from more than 7,000 in 2014 to more than 15,000 last year, according the city Department of Homeless Services.
In 2017, the number of people sleeping in shelters in San Diego County reached 10,000.
The news release announcing the project said that homeless people are not just homeless, they are at high risk of becoming homeless themselves, especially those who are mentally ill or have physical or developmental disabilities.
The projects cost the city about $7.5 million to build and $8 million to maintain.
It is estimated the city will have about 1,100 residents at the new parks by the time the parks are fully operational, according TOI.