How many home­less? Fig­ures dif­fer

San Francisco Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER - Rahul Mukher­jee / The Chron­i­cle


The fed­eral Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment pub­lishes point-in-time data on the num­ber of home­less peo­ple in most U.S. cities. While San Fran­cisco’s to­tal home­less pop­u­la­tion in­creased only slightly, the num­ber of un­shel­tered in­di­vid­u­als in­creased 56 per­cent, from 2,790 in­di­vid­u­als in 2007 to 4,360 in 2015.


The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health’s Co­or­di­nated Care Man­age­ment Sys­tem tracks all home­less peo­ple who use medical, men­tal health or sub­stance abuse ser­vices in San Fran­cisco. While it shows a de­crease in the to­tal num­ber of home­less ac­cess­ing health ser­vices, Pub­lic Health data also sug­gest the city’s home­less are get­ting older and sicker, and have spent longer on the streets. San Fran­cisco home­less count The bi­en­nial home­less count pro­vides de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on home­less adults in the city. The fig­ures are dif­fer­ent from HUD’s point-in-time es­ti­mates due to dif­fer­ing method­olo­gies.


The San Fran­cisco Uni­fied School District tracks all stu­dents who are marginally housed – a def­i­ni­tion of home­less­ness broader than HUD’s.

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