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South San Francisco for homeless people demanding affordable housing

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – San Francisco’s homeless are suing City by the Bay, demanding it stop rounding them up like criminals and instead invest in affordable housing.

More than 57% of the city’s homeless are unsheltered, according to the advocacy group Coalition on Homelessness, which filed the lawsuit along with seven homeless people. San Francisco has not provided enough temporary shelters, the group said Wednesday in announcing the action.

San Francisco has about 8,000 homeless people, according to the city’s website.

“The city’s decade-long failure to adequately invest in affordable housing and shelter has left many thousands of its residents homeless, forcing them to use tents and vehicles for shelter,” says the lawsuit filed in Washington District Court. US for the Northern District of California. .

The advocacy group accused San Francisco Mayor London Breed, police and other authorities of acting “to criminalize homelessness through a series of brutal police practices that violate the constitutional rights of San Franciscans without home”.

The city’s homeless raids are rooted in its history of racism in housing and policing, the group added.

“The City has also embarked on a campaign to seize and destroy homeless property for the express purpose of removing visible signs of homelessness from the streets of San Francisco.”

The San Francisco mayor’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the city had a “service-first approach” to addressing homelessness.

The mayor’s office is focused on expanding temporary and permanent housing to offer safe alternatives to people living on the streets, he said, noting that the city has about 3,600 shelter beds.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Richard Chang)

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