Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment.
— Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Here’s the headline from a front page article in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week:
Ranks of homeless swell as middle class teeters
And here’s the headline of an article from the front page of this morning’s edition of USA Today:
Open house, anyone? 1 in 9 homes sit empty
What’s wrong with this picture?
Here are some more pictures of a system that has failed:
According to a 2008 article in a medical journal, San Francisco had about 2771 homeless – that is, 1 in every 280 residents, as compared to 1 in 7390 for Amsterdam. If you are homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area (or just want more information), here are some sources for info and assistance:
- Coalition on Homelessness
- San Francisco Homeless Resource
- San Francisco Homeless Services Coalition
- Glide Church
And, with those 1 in 9 homes sitting empty in mind, here’s information on how to do something about it: