Bay Area Media Organizations Unite to Cover Issues Around Homelessness

How many people in San Francisco are homeless? The go-to figure is 6,600, and while it’s a useful baseline, it’s based on imprecise collection: a point-in-time count by community volunteers and agencies on one night in January 2015. Some estimate that as many as 13,000 people experience homelessness in the city in a given year.

The uncertain total is one of the many questions around homelessness in San Francisco, which has spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on services for homeless people but has not noticeably improved conditions.

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