San Francisco’s Homeless Crisis

According to the city’s annual homeless count, nearly 7,000 people in San Francisco live without a home.

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Ryan Palmer sits in a homeless encampment beneath the 280 Freeway near Mission Bay.
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A cross hangs from a cart filled with belongings in San Francisco's Tenderloin.
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A shopping cart filled with belongings sits near a homeless encampment on Folsom Street in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.
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A woman sleeps on the street just feet from the tourist-filled Powell Street Cable Car turnaround.
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A homeless man sits on a bench in San Francisco's Union Square.
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Tamara Hoffner has lived on San Francisco's streets for two and a half years. She sometimes stays in a hotel, but says she always comes back to the street.
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The city's first "Navigation Center" in San Francisco's Mission District. The highly touted program provides housing and social services all under one roof to help homeless transition off the streets.
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DPW crews help a homeless woman move her tent off a bike path beneath an underpass near Cesar Chavez Street.
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A homeless man pushes a cart near San Francisco's Cesar Chavez Street. The city has nearly 7000 people without homes. Some 3500 of the live in the streets.
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A homeless man carries a bag of belongings during a DPW cleanup of a homeless encampment beneath an underpass near Cesar Chavez Street.
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A homeless encampment sits beneath the highway 80 overpass on Cesar Chavez Street.
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A mother walks her children past a sleeping woman on a sidewalk in San Francisco's Tenderloin.
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A panhandler holds a sign at the entrance to San Francisco's Powell Street BART station.
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A man pushes a cart loaded with belongings near San Francisco's Cesar Chavez Street.
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A DPW truck filled with the remains of a homeless encampment near a Highway 80 underpass near Cesar Chavez street.
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A homeless man stands in an encampment beneath the Highway 80 overpass near Cesar Chavez Street.
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A homeless man sleeps on a sidewalk in San Francisco's South of Market area.
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A man sleeps in a doorway a block from San Francisco's Union Square.
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