What happened to the missing 1000?
Rachel Gordon had a small story in her City Hall Beat column in the SF Chronicle way back on Dec. 31, 2004 that cries out for some follow-up. Gordon reported that the city was going to commission a study to find out what happened to the 1,000 people who disappeared from the city's welfare rolls after Care Not Cash became operative in the middle of 2004. Nothing but silence since then. Was a study commissioned? If so what did it find?
From City Hall Beat, by Rachel Gordon, Dec. 31, 2004:
And the answer is: More than 1,000 homeless people have dropped off the welfare rolls since the city implemented the Care Not Cash program in May.
And now the city is readying to find out why. Trent Rhorer, the city's welfare chief, said his department plans to fund a third-party analysis to gain a greater understanding of the caseload reduction under Care Not Cash, which cuts the monthly cash stipend for homeless people once they're offered a residential hotel room or a cot in a shelter.
Today, about 855 people are on the rolls---a 66 percent decline since the spring, Rhorer said. Did people slip through the cracks? Leave town? Find housing on their own? "We're going to get a better understanding of what happened to those folks,'' Rhorer said.