San Francisco, CA — After a year of constant criticism, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that she’d been housing as many as 27 homeless in her Pacific Heights home. Ms. Pelosi claims that the number has fluctuated over the past few months, primarily because her congressional duties interfere with her ability to manage her guests.
“As a Catholic, we’re taught not to boast about our works,” said Ms. Pelosi in an early morning press conference. “I had no intention of telling anyone about what was going on, but somehow it leaked out. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
According to the leak by San Francisco’s Homeless Action Network (SFHAN), last summer, the Speaker started taking in homeless families. That soon turned into other homeless populations reaching its peak of 27 people just before Christmas. The information leaked out when a housekeeper reached out to SFHAN with this explosive story.
“Our sources tell us this isn’t the first time she’s done this,” said SFHAN director Bethany Millbright. “About two years ago, she worked with the local Catholic diocese to help find temporary shelter for migrants. She even used her home. She used that as a template to help with the City’s homeless crisis. It’s a drop in the bucket, but it’s a thoughtful gesture and something that has her critics now eating crow.”
Vicki Balland (32), the housekeeper who leaked the story to SFHAN, has been working at the Pelosi home for over five years and says she’s a close friend of the family.
“As soon as Ms. Pelosi started taking people in, she hired more staff to care for them,” said Ms. Balland over a Skype interview from her Oakland, CA apartment. “She’s not going to like that I told everyone about this, but people have to know what’s going on. The attacks on Fox News are not true and baseless.”
According to Ms. Ballard, the Pelosi estate has been converted into mini apartments for the homeless. Each new tenant does through a screening process for placement and is also referred to the City’s Health Department for both mental and physical evaluations. The average stay is about three weeks, and then the guests are referred to more permanent housing.