Counting San Francisco’s Unhoused – And Why You Never Ask if They Are Homeless
ABC7 News •
February 5, 2024
Volunteers, on a clear night in San Francisco, count the number of people who are unhoused on the streets. Groups of people were assigned specific areas, and write down whether a person is confirmed, suspected, or if no one on the block is unhoused. The point-in-time count is nationwide. However, the counts are not perfect and some groups are undercounted. Margot Kushel, MD, director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, said, "Homeless families do everything they can to stay out of the public eye because they are really worried, for good reason, that their children will be taken from them."