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More than 800 Homes Remain Unfilled as Thousands of Unhoused Sit on Waitlist
Friday, May 20, 2022

More than 800 Homes Remain Unfilled as Thousands of Unhoused Sit on Waitlist

More than 1,600 San Franciscans remain on a city waitlist for housing, while 888 homes set aside specifically for homeless people like them have been sitting empty, according to a newly published investigation from SF Public Press’ Nuala Bishari.

In an interview with The Standard, Bishari breaks down the two reasons people aren’t getting into all those vacant homes: the slow pace of the city’s paperwork processes and a new policy during the Covid pandemic that gave priority to people already in shelter-in-place hotels. 

Meanwhile, the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is working with a $598 million budget, most of which goes to establishing permanent housing.

Watch our interview with Bishari for the full story.

Sarah Wright can be reached at [email protected].
  • $598 Million Dollar Budget… that’s annual, right? You’d think that’d be enough to house 800 individuals. The more I learn about Homeless Services the more I realize “TrickleDownEconomics” from the Reagan era (Be 1st to grab/take/steal your piece of the Pie) has finally “trickled down” to those robbing the programs designated for the least fortunate of our societies. Seriously, from Corporate companies that make/sell defective products, Politicians who never intended to kept campaign promises, food labels claiming only natural, real, healthy ingredients (hard pressed up get a GMO label on a package) per public support, to ridiculous claims and dangerous side effects from the Pharmaceutical industry….. There just ain’t no shame.., and tons who are to blame.

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