Sam Dodge was appointed to serve as the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement(HOPE) on October 12, 2015 by Mayor Edwin Lee. HOPE is dedicated to addressing homeless services and better outcomes for individuals who are homeless or live in supportive housing. HOPE’s objective to do this is through coordinated city effort and compassion for all those living in San Francisco.
Sam Dodge has more than a decade of public service, including six years as Director of Organizing and Outreach at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic here in San Francisco and five years as a member of the Street Homelessness Solutions Unit within the New York City Department of Homeless Services. During his time as the Program Support Analyst for San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, Dodge implemented the successful Pit Stop program, which provides clean and safe public toilets, sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations. The program, which began in July 2014, now operates at nine locations and continues to expand throughout the City.
Serving as the Deputy Director for Policy under former Director Bevan Dufty; Sam played a primary role in opening the City’s first Navigation Center. The Navigation Center, a pilot program, is designed to help homeless people, many living on the streets, who have previously rejected shelters because they don’t want to be separated from partners, possessions or pets. The Navigation Center aims to help individuals by rapidly connecting them with services and permanent housing. Additionally, Dodge has played a critical part in planning and implementing the Mayor’s Street to Homes Initiative, which provided 500 supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals. Dodge is also working with Home for Heroes, whose mission is to end chronic veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
Dodge holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Evergreen State College as well as a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dodge has also served as a labor organizer for both the California Nurses Association and the Service Employees International Union.