Isn’t San Francisco already spending too much money on homelessness?


The bulk of the city’s homeless budget serves those already housed. San Francisco is currently spending 3% of its budget successfully housing over 7,000 of our poorest residents and sheltering 2,500 more each night, which amounts to less than $3,800 per person for the 15,000 homeless people on our streets. We are failing the thousands of San Franciscans who remain insecurely housed. This measure would more than double our efforts.

For more on this, read Heather Knight’s piece debunking myths about homeless spending or Randy Shaw’s piece about why spending on homelessness makes a difference.