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Fri Mar 5, 2021, 07:17 PM

Whoa -- San Francisco pays $61,000 a year for one tent in a site to shelter the homeless

San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to shelter homeless people in 262 tents placed in empty lots around the city where they also get services and food — a steep price tag that amounts to more than $61,000 per tent per year.

The city has created six tent sites, called “safe sleeping villages,” since the beginning of the pandemic to get vulnerable people off crowded sidewalks and into places where they have access to bathrooms, three meals and around-the-clock security. The annual cost of one spot in one site is 2½ times the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

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The average per-night cost — $190 — is $82 less than what the city pays to shelter someone in its homeless hotel program. But unlike the hotel program, the tent sites are not eligible for federal reimbursement. According to city data, 314 people live in 247 tents. Fifteen spots are open.

The tent sites are not eligible for federal reimbursement because they are considered a group shelter, Abigail Stewart-Kahn, the interim director of the homeless department, said at a budget committee hearing Wednesday.

LINK (probably paywall): https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/S-F-pays-61-000-a-year-for-one-tent-to-house-16001074.php

According the article, the interim director of the homeless department noted that the city had to scramble to create other options for the homeless as indoor shelters were closing early in the pandemic and that officials did not have time to do a more thorough contract bidding process, which may have lowered operating costs. The sites require water and electrical hookups and around-the-clock security.

But still ... wow!

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Mr.Bill Mar 5 #2
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Chalco Mar 6 #5

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 07:25 PM

1. If the U.S. can afford all the F-35 cost overruns and major tax breaks for the wealthy

in this country then that puts this expense into the perspective that tells me we can
afford this money that is well spent. "Wow" indeed.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 07:43 PM

2. Indicative of the value of real estate in San Francisco, I suppose.

This is a city where people pay $5,000 a month for studio apartments.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 10:42 PM

3. $5000/month in a studio would be the same as $61k per year for a tent

Seems like the city would spend the same amount by providing a studio apartment instead of a tent

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Response to MichMan (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 10:45 PM

4. There's usually not that many of them

available. With the current situation with Covid allowing people to work from home, some are leaving the city and seeking cheaper housing.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Sat Mar 6, 2021, 05:31 PM

5. Tiny homes cost less than that.

It's been my dream to win the lottery and build tiny homes for the homeless.

That is all.

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