(RepublicanJournal.org) – San Francisco’s homeless population has plagued the city for decades, but the growing problem of tent encampments has led to a bitter struggle over how best to handle it. Enforcement of a court decision has kept officials from clearing out the makeshift homes, but local efforts to get people off the streets have also been ineffective. The city’s mayor, hands bound by red tape, recently snapped at the homeless coalition as she spoke alongside over 200 protestors who want to reclaim San Francisco’s roadways and sidewalks.
London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, joined other city residents at the district courthouse on Wednesday, August 24, to voice their concerns about the current restrictions. The local leader hoped to pressure the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals into canceling a federal judge’s order, which outlawed tearing down homeless camps without first having enough shelter beds for every resident in need.
Breed argues that San Francisco has thrown away billions of dollars toward the homeless coalition and efforts that do nothing to address the actual problem. She’s calling for changes to help clean up the city’s streets, insisting the living conditions in the encampments are inhumane and unhygienic. The tents also block sidewalks, taking away wheelchair accessibility, and their presence can scare customers away from storefronts.
San Francisco’s latest homeless population count, taken in 2022, tallied the city’s numbers at 7,754 — with 4,397 of those individuals living directly on the streets. Its shelter beds only total about 3,000, leaving the bulk of these residents with nowhere to go. An advocacy group sued the city in September 2022 for not following the law. A judge ordered an emergency injunction in December, which barred police from harassing people for sleeping on the streets or in tents.
Meanwhile, city officials are no closer to solving the homeless problem than they were a decade ago.
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