Human Rights

San Francisco Gets Some Help Fighting Its Homelessness Problem

A organization pledged a hefty sum to help fight the city's chronic problem.

San Francisco Gets Some Help Fighting Its Homelessness Problem
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San Francisco might have found a way to ease its chronic homelessness problem.

The City by the Bay has one of the highest rates of unsheltered homeless people per capita in the U.S.

The most recent estimate shows the number of homeless people there is over 7,500. The public health department thinks it's actually around 10,000, but advocacy groups believe it's even higher.

Homelessness is difficult to accurately quantify because so many factors are at play.

For decades, San Francisco's law enforcement and local government haven't been able to keep up with the problem, and the rising cost of living there is partially to blame.

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But a private organization just pledged $100 million to address the issue.

The funds will help buy more beds for shelters, create more permanent apartments for those in need and create two new city positions that will work on the homelessness problem.

Other cities in California are making their own efforts. In 2016, Los Angeles voters OK'd $1.2 billion for new housing for homeless people.