SF homeless population up 2 percent

April 27, 2009 3:02:39 PM PDT
San Francisco officials say the city's homeless population has grown 2 percent over the last two years.

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According to the San Francisco Human Services Agency's preliminary biannual homeless count, 6,514 homeless people live in the city. The count found 2,709 people living on the streets and 3,805 homeless people in some kind of shelter, jail or hospital.

The tally was conducted over one night in January. The agency is expected to release its full report soon, including results from a February survey of 534 homeless people.

According to the surveys, 78 percent were living in San Francisco when they became homeless; 13 percent became homeless in other California counties and then moved to the city; and 9 percent became homeless outside California before moving here.

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