Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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.

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At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In answer to one of those 1,000 people off welfare rolls, I am a second generation middle-aged male hispanic american and vietnam era veteran. I have yet to secure stable employment, housing or sustenance. In the last third of life with no marketable job skills and spotty last ten year work history, (no drugs, drink or criminal record), prospects are blink at best.

In my opinion what has occured in San Francisco with "Care Not Cash" is near criminal. Under the guise of budgetary restain, bureaucrates are a few steps closer in making San Francisco, for the privage and wealthy classes, a "Gated Enclave" Moreover, they have suceeded in Nazification of the Homeless section of the population with finger scans and photo ID and tyrannical health edicts driving one, (I know), of the one thousand into a sea of the have nots.


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