The View from Outside—March 2019
The overwhelming majority of people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco lived here before they became homeless, with 50% of respondents having lived here for more than a decade. Of those surveyed, 36% of people experiencing homelessness are Black, yet Black people are only 6% of the San Franciscan population. LGBTQ people were also over-represented among the people experiencing homelessness we surveyed, relative to their share of the City’s population as a whole, indicating the disproportionate impact that inequity and the lack of affordability have had on these communities.
Among those experiencing homelessness, their needs—and their reasons for remaining in San Francisco—are straightforward. Their responses centered around family, jobs, and a love for this community.
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