Five candidates for the mayor’s office lined up in the Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park in late April to talk about marginalized people, their priority policies for affordable housing, making streets safer and helping the homeless.
I don’t have to tell you that homelessness is one of the largest, most pervasive and, unfortunately, most intractable problems facing San Francisco.
As the discussion progressed, it quickly became apparent that the room was divided into two camps: one which wants to cut off services to the homeless and one which wants to increase city services for them.
If you surveyed San Franciscans and asked them to name the most pressing issues that
we face as a city, homelessness would be on everyone’s list.