A little more than a year ago, Bevan Dufty took what may be one of the least enviable jobs in San Francisco — working as the point person in City Hall on homelessness.
Among the top 10 complaints in San Francisco, aggressive panhandling and homeless people living on the streets typically rank as high as Muni service. But in speaking with Dufty, you would be hard-pressed to conclude that he has anything but enthusiasm for his job.
Maybe it’s just the reading material, but the number of people observed sleeping in San Francisco’s Main Library increased by more than
80 percent in the past year.
The library’s main branch attracts not only bibliophiles, but famously also draws thieves, drug abusers and homeless people, all of whom are there for more than just a love of books. Read More
The Salesforce.com Foundation is directing a donation of nearly $1 million to pay for 18 months of homeless services for single mothers and their children in the Richmond district.
The money is about one-third of a $3 million Home for the Holidays fund recently assembled by the Mayor’s Office in response to reports about the increasing number of homeless families who are struggling in San Francisco. Read More
Advocates for the homeless say they are troubled by an inordinate number of vacancies at public housing complexes even as officials pledged Monday to move 51 homeless families into apartments as quickly as possible.
The City has seen a surge in homeless families this year, and the San Francisco Housing Authority recently reported a monthly average of 423 vacancies, or 7 percent of its more than 6,000 units. Read More
Amid reports of the increasing number of homeless families living on the streets, Supervisor John Avalos has called for a hearing Monday to get a handle on what’s going on. Read More
California’s population increased by 10 percent between 2000 and 2010 but the number of Californians living in poverty grew more than three times as fast, a new U.S. Census Bureau report reveals. Read More
Every night for the past two months, Geneva Carter, her mother and her three young children have spent the night on the floor of an office in an emergency homeless shelter in the Mission. They wake at 6 a.m., roll up the mats they slept on and spend the day trying to find a permanent place to live.
“It’s emotional,” said Carter, 21, who is unemployed and cannot afford to pay rent. “I get overwhelmed to where I can’t think.” Read More
Each year, San Francisco rolls out the red carpet for hundreds of men and women in uniform as part of Fleet Week. However, after the Blue Angels have gone home and the American flags are put away, many veterans in our city are left in critical need of our help and support. Read More
Despite more than doubling supportive housing units during the past seven years for single adults living on the streets and quadrupling spending on their services to nearly $40 million a year, San Francisco’s homeless population remains high, according to a city controller’s audit released Thursday afternoon.
However, city officials insist programs are effective and blamed a variety of factors for the persistence of the homeless problem, such as the bad economy. Read More
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful, cultural cities in the world, but it also has an ugly underbelly — homelessness.
There are 6,514 homeless people living in The City, according to the latest count in January, though advocates say the number is much higher — and growing.
Roughly 33 percent are chronically homeless. About half live on the streets or in vehicles and the rest are in shelters or transitional housing. Read More