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San Francisco is anything but the "Golden City" that people assume it is.
The city may be home to the highest billionaires per capita, but it also is the place with a homeless problem so severe, many could associate it with a third-world nation.
Earlier this year, San Francisco city officials prepared themselves for the outrage that was likely to come once the preliminary homeless count was released. They feared but also expected that the numbers would rise and they were correct. The data showed that it jumped 17 percent from 2017. City officials knew the double-digit growth was horrible, but it seems that now things have gotten much worse.
Apparently, San Francisco used a different measurement than the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development when it comes to their definition of homelessness. The HUD reports include people living on the streets, in cars or in shelters, while the city widens the category to people without a permanent address who are in prison, rehab or hospitalized.
If San Francisco had used the same measure they've had in the last few years, their numbers would've increased 30 percent this year.
Of course city officials tried to defend this move by explaining that "looking at the HUD numbers because it helps us work in collaboration with other places like Los Angeles or our neighboring counties." But residents of the city aren't buying.
Many homeless advocates are accusing San Francisco of manipulating their findings and leading the people on that they are fixing the problem, but in reality they really aren't.
This new report has led San Francisco to blame their rise in homelessness on big tech companies that have moved to the area because they are causing housing prices to soar which is pushing more people on to the streets.
Sounds like to us, it's just the same old excuses people always hear.
Listen up SF, people want things taken care of. Stop lying!
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