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San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced an ambitious plan on Tuesday to spend $6.5 million to end homelessness for transgender people within five years.
The mayor’s office will work with several city agencies and local nonprofit groups to end homelessness for the approximately 400 transgender and gender-nonconforming homeless people in the city, according to a press release from Breed’s office. . The plan is included in its proposed biennial budget.
“Transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming San Franciscans are eighteen times more likely to experience homelessness compared to the general population, and we know the rates are even higher for our minority trans communities,” said Breed said in a statement. “With one of the largest TGNC populations in the nation, we not only need to ensure that all San Franciscans have access to housing and essential resources through continued investment, but we can show the country that we continue to to be a leader in supporting and protecting our trans community.”
His plan includes 150 long-term investments through the city’s housing subsidy program, $6 million over two years to fund short-term rentals, and $500,000 for behavioral science health services for children. transgender people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
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“This is a groundbreaking initiative that addresses the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people who are particularly vulnerable to a range of health and safety issues associated with homelessness,” said supervisor Matt Dorsey.
Homelessness in transgender communities has a particular impact on black, Hispanic and other transgender women of color, the city said.
Like other cities in California, San Francisco has long been plagued by homelessness and the crime and sanitation issues that come with people living on the streets. Efforts to house them have been mixed.
More than 100 people fatally overdosed on fentanyl in San Francisco hotels used to house the homeless between 2020 and 2021, Seattle radio host Jason Rantz said.Tucker Carlson tonight” in February.
“I would say ‘disaster’ is probably an understatement,” Rantz told host Tucker Carlson. “The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has put $160 million into a program to create these hotels for the homeless. They turn hotel rooms into permanent supportive housing that ends up being run by various non-profit organizations, and it was a total failure.”
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At the time of the sand, a homeless man claimed that the city was paying him to be homeless. Breed is expected to unveil its proposed budget on Wednesday.
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