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A homeless shelter in a San Francisco school gym has become an expensive failure, as officials are finding it underused, even though they say it’s staffed each night.
It would cost $900,000 annually to run the shelter if it was successful. The city pays non-profit Dolores Street Community Services $40,000 per month to manage the shelter, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.
Buena - Vista - Horace - Mann - K-8
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School opened the experimental shelter in November 2018 to house students and families who were either homeless or facing housing insecurity. More than 1,900 out of about 54,000 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students identify as homeless, according to Mission Local‘s 2017-2018 statistics.
The school identified 60 struggling families at the time, the Chronicle reported. While SFUSD and city officials estimated the shelter would protect 20 families per night, the shelter had on average fewer than two people a night. Taxpayers spend around $700 for each person staying the night.
School - Administrators - Shelter - Families - Housing
The school’s administrators support the shelter remaining open, saying families with unstable housing were able to find long-term options because of case workers at the shelter.
“Those services have arrived here because of the shelter,” Principal Claudia Delarios-Moran told the Chronicle. “It’s a program, it’s not a shelter.”
San - Francisco - Mayor - London - Breed
But San Francisco Mayor London Breed has been frustrated by the shelter not “meeting its goals,” although she did say the program is well-intentioned....
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