City officials will try to relocate Transbay Terminal homeless up to last minute Friday 

Time is closing in on the 20 or so homeless residents who have made the Transbay Terminal their dwelling for years. Friday at midnight marks the start of what will be a massive construction for the rundown Transbay Terminal when officials will seal up the old facility in preparation for the work next week.

Mayor Gavin Newsom's homeless chief Darius Kayhan will be out there all day Friday -- up to the last minute -- attempting to help relocate the remaining dwellers of this homeless haven. "We believe a lot are waiting till last minute," Kayhan  said. "We know some folks will continue to turn us down and may decide to walk out of the center without taking us up on a bed, but we hope to place everyone."

It's been hard to convince the 50 or so homeless residents there to relocate, in part because it's a warm shelter with a bathroom and an easy place to panhandle, Kayhan said.  But over the last few months, city officials have been successful in placing about 30 residents. "We will be there Friday until the construction crews tell us to leave," Kayhan said.

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