If you lived here…

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:

And, with those 1 in 9 homes sitting empty in mind, here’s information on how to do something about it:


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