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San Francisco Board of Education members are trying to keep an expensive, failing homeless shelter in a school gym by increasing access to more families.
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School opened the experimental shelter in November 2018 to house its students and families who were either homeless or facing housing insecurity.
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But all the board members voted Tuesday on offering the shelter to other families within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
The current shelter had on average fewer than two people a night, though officials thought it would house 20 families a night. Managing the shelter costs $40,000 per month.
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At least 15 families, 38 members, would need to use the shelter to make the program cost-effective, according to the Chronicle.
“Hopefully, we can get it to a place where it is at capacity,” school board President Stevon Cook said, the Chronicle reported.
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While Cook acknowledged why parents could be worried, he added that the shelter is for families and not about “some random person that needs to sleep in a bed at night,” according to...
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