San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis

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San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis

In greatly populated areas such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area, in where tent cities have long been a part of the landscape, even double-digit increase like that, might not suggest that something has basically changed.

San Francisco is known as the second to New York City for it densest homeless population via land mass. But in NYC, the homeless are sheltered at much higher rates, which means that fewer people are usually sleeping on the street.San Francisco also differs from New York in the rate of chronically homeless people that aren’t actually temporary down, but close to permanent street dwellers.

What Causes Homelessness in San Francisco?

According to the recent Homeless count report, a biannual Point-in-Time survey that is done across the nation in January’s, the chronically homeless were 7% of NYC’s homeless population which was a quarter of that of San Francisco’s.

Sometimes we wonder what really lead to this, then it was discovered that this is generally because of natural disasters like floods and earthquakes.According to the 2015 annual homeless assessment done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness in the United States has been declining often since 2007.

In 2015, California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii were four out of five states to see a greater increase in their homeless populations (the 5th turn out to be New York).

California alone accounts for 21% of the United States’ homeless population.

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While in the whole nation, 31% of homeless people have some sort of refuge at night, California, Oregon, and Hawaii all have unsheltered rates above 50%. Therefore it is believed that in California, 63.7% of the homeless populace lacks shelter.

In Los Angeles, where the total homeless population grew 11% from 2015 to 2016 to a tremendous 28,464 people, the number of makeshift dwellings grew 85%.

And in San Diego, the homeless population declined at the same time as those in homemade shelters grew 69 percent.Sacramento was so overwhelmed with the tent dwellers that the city is taking into consideration creating a “secure ground” region, at the same time as Santa Barbara has unique “safe parking” lots for people who occupy vehicles.

Often times, out of intense depression, running away from home seems to be the only choice that most people need to break away from the abuse or violence thereby ending up homeless in the street.

Here are a few common reasons that people become homeless

Family Troubles

A lot of people run away because of the abuse they may face in the family, especially due to homophobia. The results are more than frustrating.

—40 percent of all homeless people find out as LGBTQ+.

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Transitions from Foster Care and Other Public Systems

People who are in foster care are more likely to become homeless and live homeless for a long period of time, due to some cases, as a result teenagers aging out of the foster care system or other public institutions.

In most cases, they commonly do no longer have anywhere to go and end up on the streets.

Economic Issues

When families fall into a monetary catastrophe and lose their homes, due to this situation makes some of them become homeless with their families.

What are the Most Usual Causes of Homelessness?

Homelessness often arises from poverty and a lack of affordable housing.

Here are some estimated numbers

7,499- 2017 Total Homeless Populations

7,539- 2015 Total Homeless Populations

5,518- 2017 Single Homeless Adults

5,342- 2015 Single Homeless Adults

1,363- 2017 Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

1,567- 2015 Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

1,100- 2017 Approximate Waiting List for Shelter Bed

900- 2016 Approximate Waiting List for Shelter Bed

In the Bay Areas, the price of housing is outpacing what the people who are making minimum salary can manage to pay for. And when they lose their jobs or their homes, they may be at risk for becoming homeless.

In 2015, about 71% of the city’s homeless had homes in the metropolis before becoming homeless, while the ultimate 29% are known to be from outside of San Francisco.

This figure has gone up from 61% since 2013 to 71%, 51% have lived in San Francisco for less than 10 years before becoming homeless. And 11% had only lived in San Francisco for a year before becoming homeless.

Reasons noted for homeless people in the 2015 survey commissioned by the City encompass task loss was (25%), alcohol/drug abuse (18%), eviction (13%), argument/asked to leave by friend/family (12%), and divorce/separation (11%).

Reasons for people coming from outside San Francisco in the time of homelessness encompass seeking a job was (25%), LGBTQ acceptance (11%), those who needed proper access to homeless services was (22%), those travelling and determined to live (17%), those gaining access to VA services or medical institution (5%), family/buddies here (13%)

Despite the traumatic situations that homeless people face, there can be also deep resiliency, willpower, kindness and delightful relationships which can be built at the streets.

These people are incredible artists, poets, orators, college students, and activists among others.


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Giannis Sore

Giannis Sore

Giannis is an IT enginner from Athens.
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