Updating the Homeless Scorecard
On Michael Krasny's Forum program of Nov. 17 on KQED-FM, Mayor Newsom announced that the city has "housed" 1070 formerly homeless people in the past 18 months under Care Not Cash and what he calls the "direct access to housing" approach. In last Friday's SF Chronicle story ("814 Homeless Given a Ticket Out," Nov. 24, Kevin Fagan), we learn that the city's Homeward Bound program has put 814 homeless people on Greyhound bus outahere in the last 10 months. The current score: add Care Not Cash's 1070 to Homeward Bound's 814 and you get a total of 1884 homeless people that the Newsom administration has gotten off the city's streets in the last 18 months, more than 100 a month. You will never see this information in BeyondChron, the SF Weekly, or the SF Bay Guardian. The Guardian's Tim "Ideology" Redmond may hate it, but the reality is that Mayor Newsom is off to a very successful start in dealing with homelessness in San Francisco.