May 16, 2019

San Fransisco's homeless problem worsens despite renewed efforts

Homeless person in San Fransisco

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The city of San Fransisco spends more than $300 million annually on homelessness, but there has been a 17% uptick in the homeless population since 2017, reports the San Fransisco Chronicle.

The big picture: The data comes from a preliminary summary of homeless people in the northern California city based on federal guidelines, but the full summary expected in July, is likely to be reveal higher numbers, per the Chronicle.

By the numbers: There has been a 31% increase in homeless people in Santa Clara County over the past 2 years, and a 43% increase in Alameda County which includes Oakland, reports the AP. There has also been a 45% rise in the number of people living out of their cars, RVs or other vehicles, the Chronicle reports.

In early May, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne donated $30 million to UC San Francisco to establish a center to study the causes of homelessness and the best means of reducing and alleviating it.

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