San Francisco Mayor London Breed On How To Slow The Rise In Homelessness | KALW

San Francisco Mayor London Breed On How To Slow The Rise In Homelessness

Aug 5, 2019

San Francisco currently has 9,784 people living without a home.

That’s according to a “point-in-time” count last month. It’s more comprehensive than previous measurements — including not just people living on the streets and in parks, but also homeless people who are incarcerated, hospitalized, and in residential treatment facilities. 

The number is rising. It’s 30 percent higher than the last “point-in-time” count made in 2017. So, while you may be hearing stories about efforts the city is making to curb the crisis, it’s not quite working. Every year, the San Francisco Chronicle coordinates coverage of homelessness with media outlets throughout the Bay Area. As part of that, last week, editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper interviewed Mayor London Breed at the Jewish Community Center in the city.  It’s part of the event series "Chronicle Talks Homelessness,” with support from Cisco.

Click the play button above to listen to a condensed version of their conversation. You can listen to the full interview and a panel dicussion from the event below.