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SF Mayor Proposes Large Budget to Address Homelessness

Mayor London Breed is proposing a $700 million expenditure to address homelessness in San Francisco as part of her upcoming budget. The budget includes plans to add nearly 600 shelter beds, 545 permanent housing spots, and 825 interventions, such as rent assistance, to prevent homelessness.

Despite facing a $780 million deficit over the next two years, Mayor Breed says investments in homelessness are creating positive results in the city.

From 2019 to 2022, the previous budgets resulted in a 3.5% decrease in the one-night count of homelessness and a 15% decrease in unsheltered homelessness.

The 3% increase to the homelessness budget is part of San Francisco’s five-year plan to reduce homelessness by 50%. Home by the Bay is the blueprint the city will follow as part of the plan. 

Breed said the Home by the Bay is a crucial step in making a difference in the lives of many unhoused individuals. 

“To continue to make progress addressing homelessness in San Francisco, we need to take bold actions that require the partnership of City leaders, the public, nonprofits, the private sectors, and collaborations at all levels of government,” Breed said. “This plan sets forth strategies that build on what works and strengthens partnerships and accountability to ensure our efforts are making a real difference and that investments are making an impact.”  

Home by the Bay took effect this month and has outlined five major goals for the city to accomplish by 2028. Their goals are the following: 

  • “Goal #1: Reduce the number of people who are unsheltered by 50% and the total number of people experiencing homelessness by 15%.  

  • Goal #2: Reduce and eventually eliminate racial inequities and other disparities in the experience of homelessness and the outcomes of City programs for preventing and ending homelessness. 

  • Goal #3: Actively support at least 30,000 people to move from homelessness into permanent housing. 

  • Goal #4: Ensure that at least 85% of people who are supported to end their homelessness do not experience it again. 

  • Goal #5: Provide prevention services to at least 18,000 people at risk of losing their housing and becoming homeless.” 

If you want to read more about the city’s strategic plan, visit https://hsh.sfgov.org/about/research-and-reports/home-by-the-bay/ 

Sources:  

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/sf-mayor-breed-homeless-funding-increase-budget-18126327.php#:~:text=Mayor%20London%20Breed%20plans%20to,housing%2C%20to%20prevent%20them%20from

https://sf.gov/news/mayor-breed-announces-five-year-strategic-plan-sets-bold-goals-address-homelessness-san

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