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Poverty in perspective: 10,000 homeless households flood SF public-housing waitlist over six days

January 29, 2015

By sfexaminer – excerpt

The challenge San Francisco faces in its quest to end poverty recently came into stark focus.

More than 10,000 adults or families signed up for the Housing Authority’s waitlist for public units when it was opened for homeless people during a recent six-day period. It had been closed for the past five years.

“The level of interest was extraordinary,” said Rose Dennis, a spokeswoman for the Housing Authority.

The sheer demand highlights San Francisco’s well-acknowledged housing crisis and the difficulty Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials face after the mayor recently stated his mission to end poverty using the “shared prosperity” of a booming local economy driven by a healthy technology industry.

“There is no greater moral imperative for our city than to invest today’s prosperity to break the cycle of poverty for too many of our fellow San Franciscans,” the mayor said during his Jan. 15 State of the City address, when he also referred to the temporary opening up of the public-housing waitlist.

It is estimated that about 200 homeless families will move into a public-housing unit beginning this spring… (more)

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