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

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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  • Dawg

    We’re the richest nation in the world, this should not be happening.

  • dbarco

    This is is happening because we allow our poor to recreate like rabbits!! It may sound harsh but hear me out. Why is it that if you are already poor and hungry etc. that you would want to bring another baby into this life of poverty?!!
    We reward this sort of irresponsible behvior with all sorts of money and services that we cannot continue to pay. We cannot afford to pay for our basic services and take care of the poor that ended up that way through no fault of thier own. I am all for helping people get back on their feet, but refuse to be willing to pay for the slackers etc. There are way to many humble poor folks who are too proud to ask for help. I want to see them get these services and not the slackers. Some of these folks need to take responsibility for theiw own actions that got them on the street such as drug addiction and criminality. Quit coddling them !!!

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