Formerly homeless families urge subsidy extension

Dozens of formerly homeless families will tell their stories at City Hall on Monday in an effort to extend housing subsidies from 1-2 years to 5 years.

The Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on legislation introduced by Supervisor John Avalos that would extend the subsidies due to the recession.

The subsidies began in March of 2007. Homeless advocates say the program costs San Francisco $6,000 per year to permanently house a family of three with a shallow subsidy. The alternative has been to house families in shelters at an annual cost $34,479.

The number of homeless families on the shelter waiting list in San Francisco has more than doubled since 2007.
 

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