Insanely, It Is Costing San Francisco $5,000/Month For Each Homeless Tent (sfist.com)

In the six “Safe Sleeping Villages” set up by the city of San Francisco during the pandemic, the cost of maintaining a single tent-camping spot is $5,000 per month, or $61,000 per year — more than it would cost to put each of these people in a market-rate apartment.

The insane costs of running these sleeping “villages,” which only have space for a total of 262 tents spread across the six sites, makes one immediately think of the criticisms that are leveled against the Homeless Industrial Complex, as conservative commentators are eager to call it. The revelation of the pricetag for the tent program — $16.1 million for the year — came at a budget committee meeting on Wednesday, as the Chronicle reports, via Abigail Stewart-Kahn, the interim director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

Apparently, supervisors have been operating under the assumption that this program, like the hotel program for the homeless, would get covered by FEMA reimbursement. It turns out, it will not, though Stewart-Kahn said it does qualify as a group shelter.

The tent program, which has attracted its share of critics since the start of the pandemic, was a quick and dirty response to the need to shutter indoor shelters across the city to prevent COVID outbreaks. But the numbers behind are bound to spark further debate about how the city addresses homelessness, and how inefficient programs like this one are with money.

The cost boils down to $190 per tent per night, which includes 24-hour security, bathrooms, maintenance, and three meals per day. This is cheaper than the per-day cost for the hotel program, but the hotel program is getting 100% federal reimbursement. (Thanks, Biden.)

Also, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has committed to rehousing everyone as the come out of the hotel rooms — an enormous task, given that there are upwards of 2,000 people currently in the program.

Meanwhile, the tent program is giving temporary shelter to 314 people in 247 tents.

“I understand the motivation to create sleeping space during this COVID-19 crisis,” says Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, speaking to the Chronicle. “But we really need to dive deep to see if this a sustainable model… without any federal reimbursement.”

Clearly it’s not a sustainable model, even if $16.1 million is a drop in the bucket of the city’s current $300 million (and rising) budget for homeless services. [ … ]

What do you think?

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Melody
8 months ago

There are PLENTY of beds in Alcatraz. There – I fixed it for them!

anticore
8 months ago

The space station hotel doesn’t look so bad after all.

The ‘space hotel program’ has 2,000 people in it. 
Someone is making a killing.

oneguy
8 months ago

“the cost of maintaining a single tent-camping spot is $5,000 per month

Huh?
I’d give anything to see the cost breakdown for this.
I’m sure it’s packed with some real gems.

eboiler
8 months ago

The space station hotel doesn’t look so bad after all.

unlimited
8 months ago

Corruption — Exhibit A
At least the Lockheed a$$holes had lame excuses for their toilet sets —- funneling of funds to secret space program, allegedly.
What excuses do the San Fran a$$holes have?

crazy8
8 months ago

Just lower your friggin’ taxes and much of your homeless problems will be eliminated. People can’t afford to buy homes in this Dem-run hellhole.

wrick
8 months ago

Only Californians would think $5,000/month tents were a solution to their homeless problems.

WTF
WTF
8 months ago

They could send them on a world cruise cheaper than putting them in a tent.

Uncle Chubby
8 months ago

Homeless shelters closed due to covid, but living in an over-priced tent in an encampment on the street is okay. Got it!

ipost
8 months ago

the money for programs to help the poor is grifted into the salaries of useless government employees and over-payments to government contractors and grants to NGOs.

that way it is hard for the mindless zombies to say anyone is “stealing” the money.
but those jobs and contracts and grants are no doubt going to family, friends, and children of the politically connected.

at worst it will be called money mismanagement, for which the government’s solution will be more government mismanagement…

wale
8 months ago

In a tent!
Welcome to a democrat marxists utopia.
 

In the six “Safe Sleeping Villages” set up by the city of San Francisco during the pandemic, the cost of maintaining a single tent-camping spot is $5,000 per month, or $61,000 per year – more than it would cost to put each of these people in a market-rate apartment.

Law N Order
8 months ago

Quite obviously, some crony of the council has a contract and gives kick backs.

Kobe Frey
8 months ago

CA makes Soviet collapse look like a pleasant vacation, by comparison.

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