Mayor says other cities need to work to end homelessness

It’s true that San Francisco has gotten more than 12,000 people off of the streets since 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom launched his 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness.

Yet, there are still 6,500 people living on the streets and 40 percent of those have been there fewer than 90 days, according to the mayor.

So are we really going to end chronic homelessness by 2014 as the mayor planned when he came into office seven years ago?

“Yes,” Newsom said at the 37th Project Homeless Connect event Wednesday morning.

But there is one caveat to accomplishing this lofty goal — other cities need to step up, Newsom said.

“One city cannot do it alone,” Newsom said. “Many homeless people are coming from somewhere else which is suggestive that we are not solving a static San Francisco issue. If we were, we would have solved it already.”

Part of the problem is that the state has had no leadership on the issue of homelessness, Newsom said.

Perhaps, now the state will.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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