The San Francisco Bay Area and California’s homelessness conditions have gotten so bad, the UN described it as “cruel and inhuman treatment.”
San Francisco has about 7,500 people experiencing homelessness in a city of about 1 million. Oakland has between 1,900 and 3,000 in a city of about 450,000. Those numbers don’t count the people who pay more than half their monthly gross income in rent, a condition known as “severely housing-cost burdened.”
The lack of affordable and supportive housing drains multiple resources, including the health care system.