San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It’s given us music, technology and elegant architecture.
San Francisco is one of many cities in California that has become overrun with homelessness. Stockton, Oakland, and Los Angeles are other cities dealing with this problem. According to an article from mercury news, homelessness in California increased by 13.7% from 2016 to 2017. It is attributed to an expensive housing market. But California citizens are also burdened with high taxes and cost of goods.
The article read:
On any given night in California, there are about 134,000 people without a home, according to annual data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s nearly equivalent to the population of Pasadena or Roseville sleeping on the street, on a bench or in a shelter.
California’s homeless population jumped 13.7% between 2016 and 2017.
So those 134,000 Californians without a place to call home are the visible edge of a much larger, much deeper housing problem in the state. “We now know that there is a very close connection between housing costs and homelessness,” said Margot Kushel, director of the University of California San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations.
The problem with poop lining the streets of San Francisco is a result of several Democrat policies. One is the cost of living. However, the poop problem exploded when California passed a law to eliminate plastic bags given by retailers. With little research to the implications of passing such a law, Democrats pushed the bill. The homeless population used the bags to get rid of their feces.
But another problem also appeared. Because the feces is lining the streets it has caused an outbreak of Hepatitis A. In fact, according to an article from ABC in 2017 by Sid Garcia, Los Angeles had to declare an outbreak. The LA County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to the homeless. The article read:
“Public Health has been proactively preparing for an outbreak for some time and is working diligently to prevent spread in local communities. Our priorities are to keep all our residents both safe and well informed of the situation,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los Angeles County.
“Vaccination is the best protection against Hepatitis A. With this in mind, our outreach teams and clinics are offering the free vaccine to persons who are homeless, active drug users, and those who provide services and support to those individuals.”
Another policy Gavin Newsom passed while Governor was to have injection centers for drug users. In these facilities, drug users can inject themselves in a safe environment and get free needles. Today needles are starting to line the streets of San Francisco as well. It will be interesting to learn the effects of this policy in the coming months and years.
The clean up of feces in San Francisco is costing the city $750,000 a year in addition to lost revenue from events that don’t want to subject their event goers to the dirty city.
UAF Contributor: Marie Penetranti