S.F. had bold plan to cut chronic homelessness in half in 5 years. The numbers only got worse

Despite a reduction in overall homelessness in San Francisco and an explosion in the city’s budget, moving the needle on the crisis remains elusive.

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piano_ski_necktie
piano_ski_necktie
174 · 13 days ago · Reddit

We don’t have a homeless problem we have a deranged drug addict problem.

NagyLebowski
NagyLebowski
168 · 13 days ago · Reddit

If you haven’t read the comments of the SF Homeless Czar last year during a public event at Manny’s, you should: https://missionlocal.org/​2021/​08/​sfs-homeless-czar-fields-questions-at-mannys-cafe/

Some highlights:

In response to the question: “Why is it taking us so long to build adequate shelter beds so that, at the very least, no one should not have a bed to go to at night?”

She said: “So, that’s a controversial idea. New York does it, and they definitely then can tell people that they can’t be on the street. That’s the way they’ve chosen to handle that. I think San Francisco has a very different set of advocates and philosophies about that. Shelter is not for everyone, necessarily. And I mean, we know, too, that … I think of the adult population, like 40 percent or 50 percent of the adult population is 50 or older. The older people do poorly — poorly — in shelter.”

Follow up question: “But isn’t that better than an older person being on the street?”

Response: “Sometimes, yes. But it’s a hard question.”

When your homelessness czar thinks it is debatable whether people should be on the streets or not, of course you are going to see these sorts of results.

BooksInBrooks
BooksInBrooks
104 · 13 days ago · Reddit

The plan was to throw money at the homeless until they were hidden under all the cash?

DatBasedGod
DatBasedGod
96 · 13 days ago · Reddit

The city has since housed 7,271 people, and the vast majority were chronically homeless, said Cohen.

How many of those still kick it on the streets all day being a nuisance? A fair number I'd wager. A lot of the "unhoused" we see are already living in subsidized apartments. They aren't just going to stay inside and out of sight just because. The housing first people don't seem to understand this.

One of them is Alvin Craig Calloway, 58, who’s been homeless for 26 years. He said he has had trouble staying in shelters because of what he sees as onerous rules, and can’t find adequate housing combined with substance-use rehabilitation.

58 years old and still can't follow basic shelter rules but we are going to give this dude an apartment and a team of social workers to rehabilitate him...... so maybe one day he can work a shit job in a shoe box delivering uber eats to WFH techies? No wonder people are dropping out of society and staying high.

How can anyone look at the state of things and think this is sustainable is beyond me.

phatedit
phatedit
68 · 13 days ago · Reddit

Every time I see a prop asking for money for the homeless problem it's either masking 5 other things they'll do with the money first, OR the money will be so mismanaged that nothing will change.

People need to start demanding results instead of trusting a government that has not done anything with the loads of cash it has asked of it citizens.

It's incredibly immature and irresponsible that the companies in this city demand more of their employees than we demand of our government. They work for us yet I've seen a trend in the Bay Area of blind support and defense for government officials.

Do your research before voting, don't fall for the verbage traps on the ballots!

thepaperpusher
thepaperpusher
17 · 13 days ago · Reddit

The problem will never be solved by the homeless industrial complex in SF. They refuse to enforce laws. Give them shelter, but then arrest people for committing crimes--and keep them in jail. Stop allowing people to commit dozens and dozens of felonies and just be out on the street in a few hours.

CODMLoser
CODMLoser
14 · 13 days ago · Reddit

We’ll, duh. Until the politicians address and mandate lengthy mental health and substance abuse treatment, provide day treatment programs, job training, case management services and supervised living, it WON’T get better.

You want housing? You need to work for it like everyone else. That means attending day programs, following your treatment plan, taking your medications, doing job training etc etc.

yes_no_maybe_99
yes_no_maybe_99
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

One of them is Alvin Craig Calloway, 58, who’s been homeless for 26 years. He said he has had trouble staying in shelters because of what he sees as onerous rules, and can’t find adequate housing combined with substance-use rehabilitation.

Gotta love how entitled these homeless people are.

ideaofevil
ideaofevil
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

Read Michael Shellenberger's book 'San Fran-sicko' and you'll see why the homeless problem is what it is. But then, SF gentrifiers love to be self-righteous and will angrily deny every word he says. So, they'll hate on his book and his ideas to fix the problem, which would be best for the city. And if you really took the time to understand what he says, he wants to help the homeless population more than anything else. Yet, typical SF residents, who've maybe lived in the city for only around 10 years, want to believe they're too progressive to force people to get healthy in mind and body. So, they'd rather see the homeless be "free" to walk around and cause problems rather than the sickest ones be forcefully tagged, bagged, and treated until they're well for their own sake.

WelcomeTheLahar
WelcomeTheLahar
5 · 13 days ago · Reddit

The geniuses in Seattle/​King County copied this plan, to even greater effect