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Tales of the homeless tent city that the Chronicle missed


The sidewalk near Division and Bryant streets has quickly turned into a tent city for homeless people in San Francisco. It’s a shabby street under a bridge, unusually cold this afternoon, and small parachute tents line up both end of the streets, along with camper vans stationed here and there along the sidewalks.

Homeless campers share a meal under the freeway in a community that's very different from what C.W. Nevius portrayed
Homeless campers share a meal under the freeway in a community that’s very different from what C.W. Nevius portrayed

When the Chron’s C.W. Nevius went there the other day, he found a young man who described himself as a heroin addict, someone who didn’t want to leave the streets – a part of one of the most enduring, and inaccurate, myths about homelessness in San Francisco.

Out visit left us with a very different story.

Heather Brown, 32, has been on the streets most of her life “off and on” but her grandfather’s death pushed her onto the streets for good. The house was sold and she had to move out, and with no money she had no option but to stay on the streets.

“We are just trying to start over” she says, while cradling her pet dog Bella. Her issue with shelters is that they will not allow her to live with her companion or fiance. Brown is four months pregnant and shares the tent with Travis Perolt, 34, who’s been on the streets for the past 16 months. They were both originally from Redwood city.

Heather Brown, 32, with Fiance Travis Perot, 34, and their dog Bella
Heather Brown, 32, with Fiance Travis Perot, 34, and their dog Bella

“It’s hard to start over, it’s hard to find a job when you are on the streets. You want to look presentable, wake up early morning and put in a job application. Still we do it all the time, we keep applying for jobs,” she says.

Brown is a college graduate with a degree, child psychology being one of her majors. Even if she gets a job, finding an affordable apartment in this city is nearly impossible.

You can barely hear her over the deafening noise of the cars overhead. “This is a constant you know, some people, they get psychosis because that is what we hear day in, day out,” she says, but quickly starts to explain that “people are really kind you know, the other day someone left peanuts, I walked down the street and shared it with everyone around. They also drop by warm clothes. You won’t believe but the dog is better cared for than us” she laughs.

It’s a small community that watches out for each other: They can quickly lose their tents and all their belongings if they are not present at the scene and are not able to quickly pack up all their belongings in under 20 minutes.

Heather and her partner clean out the area they live in; there’s no garbage in sight. “We were living right across the street for some time and used to help local businesses by cleaning up the trash in front of the stores,” Perot says. They moved here after they were told by the police.

“The cops told us specifically to go to Bryant and Division. This is where we are invisible under the bridge so that people who are here for the Super Bowl won’t see us from the highway.” When asked what they thought of the perception that most homeless people are drug addicts and therefore do not want to go to shelters, Brown laughed and nodded her head “I am drug free, sure there are young kids who have these issues but they need help too. They need help to get out of here and start a decent life. I am homeless and I am not an addict.”

A few tents down, an African American man in his 40s is still trying to figure out setting up his tent. Most people here find tents that have been abandoned by others or are cheap, making do with torn edges. [Local activist Shaun Osburn is running a program to buy new tents for homeless people; check it out here.] “I am too embarrassed to give my name or my story, because my family will see this,” he says.

Cathy, 51-year-old trans woman, is not reluctant to share. She’s been on the street since last fall after being kicked out of three different shelters. “I came out of an abusive relationship, with a boyfriend who was meth addict. I was beaten and abused. Domestic violence put me on the street, not drugs” she says.  “I’m not a drug addict, the only thing I’m addicted to is nicotine.”

Cathy, 51, moved here from Oregon in search of a community that would welcome a trans woman
Cathy, 51, moved here from Oregon in search of a community that would welcome a trans woman

Cathy moved from Oregon three years ago, in hopes to be in a city that would be more accepting of her as she transitioned. “I came to this city because it made promises to me, it promised to accept me, to embrace who I am, this city told me I could come here and be safe. I came to a promised city, and these authorities, they should have expected it.”

Her eyes well up as she opens up about the abuse she faced at shelters that claimed to be transgender friendly. One after the other, she was asked to leave until she finally gave up and is now on the street. She knew to come to this area because a homeless friend told her this was the only safe place during Super Bowl.

Cathy struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and sees a therapist regularly. Taking hormones has made her more emotional, she says: “I learned to hold back my tears for 49 years as a man, but now I can no longer do that. May be it is the hormones, may be it is the fact that I have been running, running my whole life. Forced on the streets at the age of 16 for being queer, I have never known what a home is like. I am tired, tired of being out here in the open, fearing for my life. Hearing people walk down the streets, I am terrified — is this person going to come in and hurt me?”

What does she think of Mayor Ed Lee’s proposal for more shelters for the homeless “Cut the bullshit, stop tearing down homes, stop building new fancy condos, the dot comers are going to come and go. Build affordable housing.”

Oscar McKinney came to San Francisco in 1976. He has been effectively homeless since. “I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t take drugs,” he says. He’s got a job – he drives a hearse for a living. “Society don’t know what to do with us and are afraid they’ll become us.” He walks over to ask Cathy to ask if she would like some food, and we quickly walk down to his tent.

Oscar says he's suffered under five mayors
Oscar says he’s suffered under five mayors

“I’ve suffered under five mayors,” he says. “The mayor is complaining about homeless people pissing in the streets. It wasn’t a problem when the baths were open.” McKinney says.

“I love this city. I’m gay. I came to this city to be with my people. I was a child when I came from Iowa and was claimed by night ministers. I grew up on the streets and don’t have HIV.”

While we spoke, Oscar and his friend Donna had assembled a table full of food and were handing it out to their assembled neighbors. “It’s enough food to last us a week, but when we get a leg up we look out for our neighbors.”

Donna has been on the streets since her husband left her
Donna has been on the streets for three years

Donna Sears is originally from Florida and has been in San Francisco for three years now. She tells me she has worked as college professor and has two degrees. “I smoke some pot,” she says, “but that doesn’t make me a junkie.” Donna has been on the street since her husband left her. “He was on drugs and we lost our place. I’m blind as a bat and am getting eye surgery on Friday.” I asked her what would she like from the city.

“It’d be great if they brought us some garbage cans and picked them up. The people with homes get garbage cans and garbage trucks come around to collect them. They don’t come around here to collect our trash like they do for them. And the city says we’re dirty.”

Walking away from the tents is almost like bidding farewell to a small community, one made up of people who help and share survival tips and their dreams of one day returning to the safety of a home they can call their own. Their struggles are as much human as they are incomprehensible.

Cathy says that in the the promised city, she hasn’t been able to get her surgery so she could transition. “I came here to finally be myself and this city pushed me on to the roads and crushed my dreams. Now you’re telling me that I am homeless because I am a drug addict?”

Sana Saleem
Sana Saleem is a writer with a focus on social justice and human stories. She's member board of advisory for the Courage Foundation, Edward Snowden's legal defense fund.


  1. Simply take some of the millions of dollars wasted shuffling the homeless issue around (and don’t forget the millions wasted on the poverty pimp industries) and buy that farm. Two years down the line the success would prove any price was worth it. Fixing the homeless issue is just a band-aid on the long overdue fixing of our society. There is no reason (nor hope of success) to have a society based on saddling people with massive debts, where a medical bill can totally sink our already shaky life foundations. We can’t have a society of a few ‘winners taking all’ and the if you slip and fail you sleep in an ally. There should be a lot more possibilities.

  2. I only sporadically lived in the car. But yes, I’m kind of trapped on trying a better place. Barely can afford to stay but certainly can’t move, and not going to be run out of here if I can help it. But you couldn’t pay me to sleep in a tent downtown. That is scary enough in the woods but bears aren’t psychotic like people.

  3. I know that they are very expensive.

    Homeless in S.F.

    A new city report details total spending on homelessness for fiscal year 2012-13:

    Permanent supportive housing: $81,531,010

    Transitional housing: $9,925,013

    Emergency shelters: $17,607,081

    Resource centers/drop-in clinics: $6,745,696

    Outreach and case management: $14,646,525

    Substance abuse/mental health: $8,787,085

    Primary care: $14,300,890

    Education/employment services: $1,638,034

    Eviction prevention: $10,529,295

    TOTAL: $165,710,629

  4. Because as it is set up now, a lot of those housing situations you are talking about are segregated. People who live together in communities, yes the homeless have communities in the city, are often removed from their friends and family and put in either temporary housing (like that cold tent nightmare they have planned for the embarcadero) or special housing where they are not allowed to take their spouses and pets. When all you have in the world is a few belongings, a spouse and a dog, if you were forced to choose between remaining homeless with them or being in a dormitory filled with strangers, all alone, what would you choose?

  5. No one claims to move here for Tolerance. This is the wrong argument to have. People move because there is work (a less than 4% unemployment rate), because of technology, and,get this, the diversity of communities in the area. None of that is tolerance, okay? It’s a home. If certain people (white libertarian tech and finance bros) push out the citizens of the city who have been there for decades by the way even before the first tech boom, then we have a problem.

    Asking “tolerance” wtf that is, for the most monied class, the most privileged class, is just another example of the whiny “what about me?” nature of being at the top.

    The real argument should be: Why is it ok for Rich White People and their Rich White People Companies to 1) Get tax breaks and 2) Push long-term citizens of the city across the bay?

  6. Nobody should be without a home. I agree. Nobody should be allowed to live on our streets either, especially if they have other alternatives funded by the people who own those streets. We need to build more homes and we need to get the homeless, particularly the ones with no interest in living indoors, off our streets ASAP.

  7. No one should be without a home. Who are you? The overlord of our dystopian future? The City of San Francisco can afford to take better care (or any care at all) of its people. It is a matter if it wants to. Mayor Lee and his ilk don’t, so government officials do less and less. It’s basically up to Glide, and while they have done fantastic things for people, the government should be helping too.

  8. Exclude things that are crimes and references to Nazi Germany, because none of those were on my list of examples of local intolerance.

    Then re-do your list of people you hate.

  9. thanks for this article. Are there particular policy or other responses you would support for addressing San Francisco’s homelessness, or would like to suggest for discussion?

  10. Exactly. The only people who are happy about the status quo in San Francisco right now are total narcissists: in order of how much they annoy everyone else: 1) entitled arriviste tech twerps 2) rich kids who pretend to be journalists 3) people who are enjoying all the perks of SF Urban Camping, namely harvesting quality of life away from the 99%.

  11. @Charlesrocks:disqus I’m also curious, if you are living in a car, why haven’t you left SF for a more affordable place? Have a community here? Too difficult to set up elsewhere? Not enough cash on hand to relocate?

  12. Thanks for standing up for those without a voice, Sana. The sad part is, rather than go meet any of these people to find out if you are making a sampling error, these people just assume all homeless fit their stereotype.

    <3 Keep up the good work and remember: Don't feed the trolls!

  13. In the earlier days of human existence, say 100,000 to 500,000 years ago, people who didn’t fit into society were simply ostracized or forced to live separate from the tribes to survive on their own. There were no jails or detainment camps or dangerous shelters. All the problems we see are byproducts of civilization and overpopulation, and your idea sounds great, but who is going to provide the farm?

  14. San Francisco is not the only city in the United States to see exploding rents and increases in homelessness over the last decade. The mayors of Manhattan and Los Angeles have both pledged to donate billions more than SF to combat this problem and find permanent solutions. The question is whether cities can combat a problem that is really nationwide, ie no adequate mental health care (which is why the US has the highest per capita prison population in the world) and rising social stratification. Probably a lot of the people interviewed in this article think they could get a job at Dunkin Donuts making $8.00 per hour but why bother when they are not going to be better off than they are now.

    There is a lot of public and private money going into combating this problem but so far there haven’t been any major successes. One thing to consider is that the US as a nation has not really had long term urban planning by the political leaders since the early 1900’s in my opinion. President Obama is one that has tried to thing a generation ahead of his actions but for the most part American politicians have been a very narcissistic and short sighted group of leaders . Look at the way the Chinese are preparing for urbanization of the next generation. They are building cities now which may be dormant for a decade or two to come, but when rapid urbanization occurs they will be ready.

  15. What part of the article suggested that handing over a new tent and or a puppy is in anyway going to solve anyone’s problems?

  16. Yes, I will make another list of people that is in my mind OK not to be tolerant of if you are a generally tolerant person, maybe you will disagree with my list, but here it is:
    Nazis, child molesters, bigots, people who murder, thieves, rapists. I personally would add fundamentalists to this no matter what religion. If they don’t harm others and keep to themselves, I can usually tolerate it though.

    I’m sure this could be a longer list, but I think it handles it. You can add this to your list if you would like.

  17. Who knows. Maybe it’s become more trouble than it’s worth, even for people whose monthly income is in the hundreds. Best thing to do is ask.

  18. Unfortunately so. I don’t know C.W. Nevius personally, but through his articles he’s tried very hard, for very long, to make the case that he’s not a very good human being.

  19. “Tolerance” and “Freezing the City in Amber” aren’t really compatible.

    The new model for the Bay Area is extreme wealth, serviced by a rotating cast of immigrants cycling back and forth from here, the Central Valley, and beyond.

  20. I enjoyed this article even if it does fall short in many areas. I’m not an expert but have fallen in and out of homelessness much of my life, including my time here. I did not come to SF over the myths (hippies, freedom, gayness, acceptance) because I knew they were myths, and have only found this city “accepting” in stealing my stuff, and robbing me from both ends: from the street losers to all the city and state forces in my pocket. I’m one of the ‘invisible’ homeless, those who live in their car and never beg. The street thieves and the city thugs are ALWAYS after that car. The thieving and the rents make sure I can never crawl out. I keep a gym membership to stay clean and have patchwork jobs that fund me. Never mentioned in any of these articles is that ginormous infrastructure of the employed professional homeless fighters, who never can whip the problem but manage to get HUGE funding and weekly checks. All to go in circles. Endless circles. They should have to live on the street (yes you Mayor Lee) and only hire street people. The homeless situation here would change rapidly.

    As someone who has been ‘out here’, not having a home is a tiny part of most of these peoples’ problems. Having a free home would not fix their issues. My solution sounds a bit drastic but it would work: The city gets a nice big farm outside of town and everyone on the street goes there. Right away, the peace and quiet, and weeks of no substances or drinking, would do everyone a world of good. You’d quickly find that about 20% would quickly bounce back, with clean clothes and an opportunity and never be homeless again. Like my situation, a basic house and long term job. Another 40% would need some long term sobering and job and lifestyle training to get back, and maybe 20% are so are just lifetime criminals/predators and need jail and that final 20% are just too mentally ill and/or way too old to fit in society, part of Reagan throwing out the mentally ill, and their lineage, and should not have to be out here scuffling to live. They deserve a great view and safe relaxation.

    What you would see in this plan is too many saying “why then we would all become homeless as it’s so easy” and many of those would be people who have drawn huge paychecks trying, but never fixing, this super long term issue. Why IS America so cruel? Why DO they demand you fit in and succeed or suffer and die? THAT is the central homeless issue, the totally black heart of America that technically treats its homeless better than the people around the world we callously bomb for a century and longer. Let’s not romanticize the fallout, or just one of the symptoms, of our inherent evil as a nation. We have to face that and own it. Any program could be funded if we defunded the ongoing war machine.

  21. Because there are people who want shelters and seek security doesn’t mean that there are no criminals on the streets? How and why would anyone think that? The point being majority mainstream coverage dehumanizes the homeless. We are forced to see them in the light of crimes and drugs when there’s more to it.

  22. I know and I’m pointing out the simple fact that this isn’t a survey, a study, a book on homelessness in San Francisco. But an insight into the stories of some who are trying their hardest to get out of poverty. If you read the quotes by heather, she herself doesn’t deny the drug problem. It’s a story of several individuals from the same tent city as those who are addicts

  23. I think any human being knows that the folks living on the streets are human beings, who were children once. And if they don’t see that–if they see only monsters or only criminals–then they aren’t very good human beings.

  24. I volunteer with the homeless outreach guys, and live a couple blocks away from the encampments. On our block, we have struggled with a spike in crime over the past 12-18 months. I worked full time on these issues back in the 80s in this City.

  25. My experience in volunteering with the homeless outreach people in this area of Division Street is that many many many more than 40% do not want help. The overwhelming majority want to be left alone. And this is really the story: Do we as a City allow squatters to take over public byways to live in tents and live in the open with no facilities, when City ordinances clearly outlaw that behavior and for good reason.

    I am using “squatter” in the correct sense. Not judging. I have squatted a time or two in my life, in various places, and that’s just what it is.

    The homeless outreach workers will tell you, solving a person’s homelessness is like making sausage. The process is not pretty. But for those who “want out” of homelessness, the process and the services are there. They are myriad and difficult, but they do work. It is exaggerating to state otherwise. And exaggerations on both sides don’t help anybody.

    This tent city is largely made up of folks who are better served by a temporary encampment at Pier 80, with a choice to either get into the programs, or leave the City, that living in a public throughway is not OK. But 48hills will have an axe to grind with that too. Letting them live as they are is a favor to no one.

    One thing we can all agree on: Ed Lee has failed miserably, by doing this tent clearance at all, doing it now especially, and we all need to rise up and demand better services for these people.

  26. This story isn’t about river or stones. It’s about the homeless in San Francisco who do want a shelter and a home.

  27. No, it’s not. Tolerance is a word of oppression. It’s not tolerance these people want. It’s someplace to be safe, they want integration.

  28. I think you have to look at what kinds of assistance are available. Maybe the kinds of very segregated assistance that is offered doesn’t work for people anymore. Maybe people are tired of being made to feel less than because they received help in the past.

  29. But if you are writing an article about a river, and your article focus on the few drops of water on the rocks… you have failed to write an article on the river.

  30. Technically yes, but I’d argue that the only real solution to homelessness is building homes for people, which in San Francisco is cost prohibitive due to land and construction costs. The 2015 homeless count was almost 7,000. The ballpark cost to construct 7000 units of free, permanent, city administered housing at $890k/unit (the city’s per-unit cost of the 100% BMR S. Van Ness project) is ~$6.2B, not to mention the ongoing operating costs of such a program. Barring a huge shift in the way the city is funded (prop 13 repeal and massive prop tax increases maybe?) it’s simply not feasible.

  31. It’s not so much that some of those groups get frequent local criticism because they “think differently,” but rather, especially in regards to social and cultural policy, some of them (socially conservative Christians and Republicans) have been actively persecuting the LGBT community via legislation and police enforcement for the vast majority of our nation’s history, and continue to do so to this day. On the other hand tech has been a core part the Bay Area’s background since WWII – the unfortunate difference is that today decades of NIMBYism and real estate speculation have drastically restricted the flexibility of the housing supply, so people with incomes that haven’t risen to match aren’t just being priced out of a neighborhood, but out of the entire region. Now we rely on trying to force for-profit development corporations and tech companies to forgo their raison d’etre (i.e. profit) to provide low income housing as part of their business plans, which continues to be slow and ineffectual.

  32. If by agenda you mean making sure human stories are told about those who are consistently dehumanized then yes.

  33. I think the objection was that you cherry-picked subjects here to give an overly skewed and favorable impression of the homeless. As such, your piece is less to do with objective journalism and more to do with marketing an ideological agenda.

  34. Are you saying that intolerance is OK as long as it is intolerance of things and people that you personally disapprove of? Because that is sure what it sounds like.

    If so then you are demonstrating exactly what I was speaking about – people who claim they move here for “tolerance” but then spend all their time complaining about people who are different from them.

  35. Stockton, Modesto, and Sacremento are all seeing an increase in the newly homeless coming here from San Francisco and surrounding bay area cities. Lose a job or have an illness and you likely lose your home pushing you toward the valley. While the mayor of Stockton has implemented emergency measures like bringing in a sanitation company to install and service portable toilets and Sacremento is exploring building tiny homes or using shipping crates for shelter, Ed Lee is taking zero responsibility for his decisions that resulted in the increase of newly homeless and the burden on surrounding areas. If you want to offer tax breaks to tech companies so that market rates on rental units more than double, you have to take some sort of responsibility for the people who work in your city and have for decades but are now forced out of their homes.

  36. The groups you listed don’t have much of a history of “tolerance “. So not tolerating intolarent groups, is tolerated when it comes to tolerance.

  37. The 2015 report (here, p. 39) says only 8% of homeless surveyed did not want housing.

    The number of those who don’t want government assistance (p. 41) jumped from 7% in 2011, to 30% in 2013, to 40% in 2015. It’s an odd pattern, and I hope future surveys get deeper into the issue.

  38. It’s not just an issue of finding practical solutions. A lot of people deeply and viscerally hate the homeless, as badly as some other people hate Blacks, Jews, or Gays. Really.

  39. Believe me, there is no one left in San Francisco who doesn’t realize that the homeless are people too, they have had hard lives, many of them are nice people, etc etc etc. They still need to get the **** off the sidewalk.

  40. Hi Laurel, no where does the article suggest that this is a reflection on all homeless people. It can’t be. These are just a few stories, 7 our of the many hundreds in this city. I would love to speak to each one of them and archive their stories. Everyone featured in this article said they want to move into shelters or better homes. Each one of them has been in shelters and then lost their place. Read the article again, thanks!

  41. Being homeless doesn’t fall within “tolerance,” except insofar as the city should offer support to help them not be homeless.

    But yes, without low cost housing, there’s no place for people who aren’t part of the professional classes to live. But the solution people tend to advocate for is for those with rent control to batten down the hatches and hope that the people with money to spend on rent and real estate go away after a while.

  42. Well the author called out Nevius for writing about a drug dependent person who didn’t want to leave the streets, calling it “one of the most enduring, and inaccurate, myths about homelessness in San Francisco”.

    The city’s homeless official survey found that the largest single explanation given for not receiving government assistance, 40%, is “Don’t Want Government Assistance”. Perhaps Nevius met one of that 40%.

    I think we all realize that there is a full spectrum of people experiencing homelessness. Describing 40% as a ‘myth’ doesn’t help the situation.

  43. It wasn’t a survey. The whole point here was that not all homeless are heroin users or other sorts that folks dislike. There are quite a few people who’d be surprised to know that you can find “six or seven nice people” among homeless campers.

  44. So you found six or seven nice people out of the hundreds who camp there. Your article is as accurate as the one about the 21 year old heroin user who owns his car.

    You need to distinguish between the people who want to get into the shelter-to-hotel-to-permanent housing funnel (which is awful but it does work in the end) with the people who refuse any help whatsoever when approached by the homeless outreach workers. This latter group is the majority of tent campers. They simply want to be left alone. Another significant portion of the tent people are people who have been living on the street since the Occupy Movement. This is their political struggle. Fine.

    Most of us who are against allowing tents on the streets of the Mission and under the freeways, would gladly financially support paying higher taxes for an organized camping facility on the Piers, or near Candlestick. One that had hot showers, washer/dryers, and some sort of safety patrol. The City should implement that.

    But at the end of the day, tolerating people who refuse help, and who want to camp in random sprawling tent cities and use the sidewalks for toilets, and create a health hazard, should not be allowed. I’m sorry you cannot see this basic fact.

  45. SF’s public image is/was of tolerance and acceptance. The majority of voters don’t reflect that. Over a period of twenty years, three mayors (Jordan, Brown, Newsom) won elections on an anti-homeless platform. Their predecessors used hippies as bait instead. The sit/lie proposition passed by a large margin. I’ll hazard a guess that many if not most San Franciscans do not accept that the homeless are city residents as much as everyone else.

  46. Sana,
    Thanks for writing this, and putting a human face on homelessness in a way that you’ll never see in the corporate media.

  47. And those people who came here for “tolerance” are in many cases the same people who are now intolerant of tech, bankers, realtors, republicans, christians, the police and even the superbowl.

    True tolerance is a two-way street but many of those “misfits” who came here are actually very picky about what they want here, hence the double standards.

  48. They may ask that question. I don’t know. They are probably gearing up for the survey now, unless the Super Bowl is getting in the way. You could suggest they ask this question. I was surprised the last time I saw the results.

  49. It is sad to see this happen to San Francisco, but people that live here and love the city have the power to change this.

  50. But what that question fails to ask was how long were you in SF and how were you housed before you became homeless. All but one of the above were in SF for 3 years or less.
    It seems they all came here with an idea of what SF promises and the reality is sadly very different.

  51. There’s an annual survey of the homeless and one question is where they were when they became homeless. I can’t remember the exact figure from the latest survey, but the number was two-thirds or more were in SF.

  52. San Fran used to represent tolerance and acceptance of people who would be scorned misfits and outcasts somewhere else. The question now is it worth it to stay in SF when people might be able to find jobs and cheap housing elsewhere? Does the city even represent tolerance anymore ?These people seem drawn to the magic yesteryear of a city that is becoming increasingly of, by and for the rich

  53. Sad and heartbreaking stories. There appears to be a pattern where folks from all over come to SF (I think almost every interviewee was a transplant) from outside the city. So I fear that even if all the best policies that the smartest homeless advocates want are implemented, if we keep getting a steady stream of influx, how will it be possible to reduce let alone eliminate homelessness? Happy to see data on this that supports or contradicts by interpretation.

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