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Bay Area has third-largest homeless population in US, report finds

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The San Francisco Bay Area has the third-largest homeless population in the United States, behind only New York and Los AngelesRead full story

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  • Homelessness reflects a failure of our culture, our economy, our politics, and our values. The people who fight the creation of shelters — as is currently happening in San Francisco — are being short sighted, as well as cruel. The longer we claim that homelessness is “not our problem,” the larger the problem will become.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    Some non-Americans I meet are under the impression that San Francisco is one of the largest cities in America. It is not. Not even close.

    SF is punching way above its weight here in homelessness.

  • Sean Minuti
    Sean MinutiSoftware Architect

    Why do I get the impression that if a survey asked if homelessness is considered a viable housing option, that 50% of SF residents would say Yes? That it appears to be a badge of honor, earns you uber street-cred points, as the ultimate cut the cable move? Cut the cable, the cord, the table, the chairs, the walls, the ceiling, cut it all. Live free!

    Wake up SF, homelessness is bad.

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    SF is doing little to manage the homeless challenges in its community. I am surprised the government has not implemented more opportunities, given the wealth of the new tech economy.

  • Catherine Tannahill
    Catherine Tannahillprof, teacher

    SF punches way above its weight in a lot of areas.

  • Yosuke Tanimoto
    Yosuke TanimotoR&D at A Japanese Chemical Company

    1. New York City

    2. Las Angels

    3. SAN FRANCISCO!

  • Political subdivisions the policies and actions of which encourage and sustain the problem.

  • Daniel Lauzon
    Daniel Lauzon

    Here in seattle, more of our homeless have jobs than are mentally ill, ignoring the prevalent ptsd that results from homelessness. The rapidly increasing rent means if you don't have the credit score for an apartment and a minimum wage job (15 here) isn't enough to keep a car running, you'll be forced to choose. Many choose to keep their job and get showers at gyms because, of course, of you can't take a shower, your life is over and you definitely will never have a job. About 80% of our homeless

    Here in seattle, more of our homeless have jobs than are mentally ill, ignoring the prevalent ptsd that results from homelessness. The rapidly increasing rent means if you don't have the credit score for an apartment and a minimum wage job (15 here) isn't enough to keep a car running, you'll be forced to choose. Many choose to keep their job and get showers at gyms because, of course, of you can't take a shower, your life is over and you definitely will never have a job. About 80% of our homeless are from seattle and most of the rest are from other areas in washington through the practice of "bussing".

    Anyone foolish enough to say homelessness is a "choice" has never been homeless and has never had a metaphorical gun to their head. Why is it that whenever housing costs skyrocket, that area's homeless population increases? Having lived in San Francisco 5 years ago and in seattle since, I can tell you our cities have a link.

  • Chris McCauley
    Chris McCauleySoftware Engineer

    I think that housing costs have soared than before.

    The people who can’t pay the housing costs became homeless.

    The government have to provide low cost housing which they can pay.

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