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Operation Safe Home is a joint DOJ/HUD initiative that seeks to reduce crime and violence in public housing through interagency cooperative efforts. In San Francisco, the Federal Narcotics Task Force, a task force of HUD and DEA agents and officers of the San Francisco Police Department, has developed two strategies to combat crime in HUD housing in San Francisco. The first strategy targets individuals known to the SFPD's Narcotics Bureau as major drug dealers with gang affiliations in several public housing projects. The network of illegal narcotics distribution encompasses at least six different housing projects as well as several multi-family Section 8 developments in San Francisco neighborhoods. The goal of this operation is to combat drug sources that fuel the high level of drug activity that has remained unabated for years. The second strategy of the Task Force is to conduct surveillance, make street-level buys that are captured on tape, and invoke a State gang enhancement statute to increase mandatory sentences.
In addition to concerted law enforcement efforts, the Task Force conducts major post-enforcement activities, which include working with housing project management on such matters as improving lighting in the project, installing sprinklers to deter loitering, and establishing Drug Free zones. HUD provides funding to SFPD's Operation Dream for post-enforcement activities such as barbecues and sending kids to Operation Dream camps.