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About The Bay: More Kids Growing Up Homeless In San Francisco Than Ever Before

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco City Hall on Monday planned to hold hearings on the plight of homeless children. There are an untold number of kids and parents within city limits who have no place to call home.

“There’s 2,200 homeless children who are in the San Francisco Unified School District right now,” said Devra Edelman with the Hamilton Family Shelter.

“We have seen the a drastic increase in the amount of family homelessness in San Francisco, the highest number waiting to get into shelter ever, which is currently 251 families,” was Edelman’s sober assessment of the circumstances.

“At least 60 – 70% are homeless due only to economic reasons,” she explained.

That’s just one of the reasons homeless families and their advocates planned to go to San Francisco City Hall Monday, explaining why more funding and support was needed from the city, instead of cutting services.

KCBS’ Mike Sugerman Reports:

“San Francisco often views itself as a tiny village, or many villages within villages,” reasoned Edelman. “I think it’s incumbent upon us to take care of our neighbors, to take care of especially the children who are living in our midst who are about to grow up and be the future.”

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