Interview with Bevan Dufty on combatting homelessness | KALW

Interview with Bevan Dufty on combatting homelessness

Apr 10, 2014

On any given night in the U.S. there are more than 600,000 people who are homeless.  In San Francisco, the government estimates there are about 6,400 people living on the street or in shelters.  The numbers have increased only slightly over the past few years, but with the lack of housing in the city, many are wondering what the county is doing to help. Bevan Dufty,  works with the mayor's office as  the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement  or HOPE.

"Over the past two years we added over 1 million  each year to improve our shelters, to provide more resources for staff, case managers and deeper cleanings. Many things to make it better, and yes there are are many people who have chosen not to stay in shelters, we have 11,045 shelter beds in San Francisco and they are consistantly running at 96 to 98 percent full. I think if you look to the science of homelessness determination is made and we we should move more toward public housing."

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