Report: Bay Area has nation's third-highest homeless population

Research group calls for more shelters, housing, funding to solve humanitarian crisis on streets

The nation's third largest population of homeless people, roughly 28,000, reside in the Bay Area, and most of them are unsheltered, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a research arm of the Bay Area Council.

If gathered in one place the homeless population would be as large or larger than that of roughly half the cities in the region, making it the third largest in the U.S. Larger homeless communities can be found in Los Angeles and New York.

The report offers up a number of interventions that could be implemented such as forming regional task forces or a new state Homeless Services Agency to coordinate efforts and funding across multiple layers of state and local governments.

"The Bay Area's homeless crisis is a regional humanitarian crisis that does not abide traditional local boundaries... One city, one county alone cannot solve homelessness, but that's largely how we've been approaching it," Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, said in a statement.

The report found that diversion and prevention programs aimed at keeping at-risk residents in their homes are cost effective, compared to alternatives, and recommended providing more accommodations for the unsheltered.

Drastically increasing the availability of supportive housing, transitional units, shelter space and other options based on the region's current and projected needs would at least give people experiencing homelessness somewhere safe to go.

The report cites a number of successful efforts to house the homeless such as Tuff Shed villages in Oakland and rapid-rehousing programs San Francisco, as well as millions invested by the private sector, but points out they haven't yet solved the crisis.

The 44-page document can be found online at It was commissioned to guide the Bay Area Council's work on homelessness and related issues.

The council is a public-policy-advocacy organization crewed by top executives for some of the largest employers in the Bay Area, representing more than 4 million workers. For more information go to

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Posted by What Hippocrates
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:18 am

People in San Francisco raise money, so far $80,000, for legal fight to stop homeless shelter in wealthy area.

CBS story, link here.
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Homeless people from all over the country come to these "sanctuary" locations that tolerate these people living in the streets. Just look at the 3 cities that have the largest population of homeless and you see that San Francisco-Los Angeles-New York all have policies to leave them alone and to provide whatever other services they can to them.

San Francisco hands out 400,000 free syringes every month to these drug addicts. Why would not any drug addict come here for free stuff? and to be left alone by law enforcement.

Link here.
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This is why we are so adamant that the RV living stops now so we do not escalate into what these other cities look like today, S.F-L.A-N.Y.

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

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CNBC has a report that it would cost 12.7 BILLION dollars to deal with the affordable housing problem in the bay area.

And like the developers all want to make a LARGE profit on the situation.

Most likely the real cost will be at least 25% lower than what was reported, the 25% would be profit.

Talk about cost inflation being demonstrated at a large scale.

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Posted by We get the nation's homeless
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:57 am

All the major west coast cities are and have always been collecting areas for the homeless from the rest if the nation. It makes sense; you want to be down by the river in North Dakota during the winter? It's no surprise that the majority are from other states...coming for the dream or just escaping freezing to death.

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

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WE Get...

You sound like we are getting persecuted by the homeless?

Is that your intent?

Granted, California climate conditions are more likely to be survivable.

Boston, where I was raised, has a large homeless problem too.

But imagine that 3 months in a year it can be above freezing for high temps and in 3 months in a year it can have 95+ degrees F with high humidity.

New York has 14% of the nations homeless.

San Jose is ranked 6th in the nation,

San Francisco is ranked 7th in the nation.

THe worse ones are in order: District of columbia, San Diego, Seatle, Los Angeles and New York City.

My observation, with such healthy economics in this area, there really is no excuse for the problem.

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Posted by We get the nation's homeless
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

"WE Get...

You sound like we are getting persecuted by the homeless?

Is that your intent?"

No,I'm sorry your interpretation of my post was incorrect. My intent was to simply point out most people have a very hard time trying to survive a winter of homelessness in, say, Bismark so they migrate west to a more comfortable climate. The better homeless services avail in many west coast cities aid in the motivation to get out of where they are and into a better place, relatively speaking.

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Posted by Sophie Mutter
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

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Those free services and accommodation provided by the Sanctuary cities only attracts more homeless population and deteriorate living quality of residents. It won't solve the problem from the root cause.

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