July 2, 2020
Homelessness in the Tenderloin: San Francisco's Shame.
The mushrooming of 443 homeless tents on the sidewalks of the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods, caused a group of neighbors, including the well-connected UC Hastings Law School to sue San Francisco on May 4, 2020. A settlement between the parties was announced on June 12, 2020 which provides for dismantling 300 of the tents and housing each homeless person in a hotel at $200 per night. The Board of Supervisors has legislated to rent 7000 hotel rooms to house the homeless, all while the City faces a huge budget deficit as a result of the Covid-19 economic lockdown. San Francisco has mismanaged its homeless problem for decades and the latest move by the Board looks like a costly mistake at a time when the City can least afford it.
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