San Francisco officials have funded a $ 60,000 tent for the homeless and are demanding an additional $ 20 million.
San Francisco’s homeless division is seeking additional $ 20 million to extend its camp program, which already funds tents that cost more than $ 60,000 a year.
This week, San Francisco Homeless and Supporting Housing Department officials The Supervisory Board’s Budget and Expenditure Committee has demanded that it remain at $ 20 million over the next two years. There are 6 “safe sleeping village” tent camps running.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, six campgrounds in the city offer homeless tents, three meals a day, 24-hour security, bathrooms and showers.
The city created a site in May 2020 during a pandemic as a way to keep homeless people in the city away from crowded sidewalks and shelters and into socially distant campgrounds in the fresh air. Did.
San Francisco camps offer homeless tents, as well as three-day meals, 24-hour security, bathrooms and showers.
Homeless and Supporting Housing Department officials have demanded $ 20 million to continue operating six “safe sleeping village” camps.
The program currently costs $ 18.2 million, funding 260 tents at six sites, for just over $ 60,000 per tent per year. This is twice the median of apartments in the city.
The agency is currently asking the city for the same number of tents for $ 15 million next year, which will be about $ 57,000 a year per tent, Chronicles reported.
An additional $ 5 million will go to fiscal year 2022-2023, when authorities plan to significantly reduce the program.
The spectacular costs of tents and the city’s desire to extend the program, which was supposed to be a short-term solution to the pandemic, have been criticized.
Supervisor Ahsha Safai questioned the $ 20 million demand. “It seems like an exorbitant amount of money for something we’re trying to move (or leave) as soon as possible,” she said.
The cost of tents and the desire to extend the program, which was supposed to be a short-term solution to help homeless people stay safe during a pandemic, were criticized.
The homeless camp program currently costs $ 18.2 million, funding 260 tents at six sites, for just over $ 60,000 per tent per year.
Gigi Whitley, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance for the Homeless Department, pointed out that most of the money is actually directed to security, dining, and rental shower and bathroom facilities.
However, Wednesday’s meeting supervisor said the high costs needed to be revisited, Chronicle said.
“It’s a big deal to have a shower and bathroom, and I don’t dispute it,” said supervisor Hillary Ronen. “But the cost doesn’t make any sense.”
The entire tent program is funded through Proposal C, a 2018 business tax bill that raises money for homeless services.
San Francisco is expected to spend more than $ 1 billion on homeless people over the next two years, according to Proposal C, Chronicle reports.
Homelessness is a persistent problem in some California cities, but San Francisco has become a hotbed for tent cities and temporary people.
When a safe sleeping village was first built, authorities emphasized that the location was not a permanent solution to the city’s lasting problem with the homeless population.
“Safe Sleeping Village is a temporary approach, and when the shelter-in-place rules are lifted, these areas will be returned to their previous use. City spokesman Jonathan Streeter said in 2020. He told the San Francisco Examiner in May.