Deadline for SF budget reduction coming soon

June 24, 2011 4:41:54 PM PDT
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors must decide how to trim millions from the city's record $6.8 billion budget by next week.

On Friday, a steady stream of residents and city workers spoke at the budget committee about the impact of the cuts.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed slashing $900,000 from supportive housing for the homeless. Agencies like the Community Housing Partnership are bracing for layoffs and a reduction in services.

The program says the cuts don't make any sense.

"We cost $9,000 per person, per year to provide housing a platform for stability," said Gail Gilman with the partnership. "The city and the county of San Francisco spends over $20,000 a year when the person is languishing on the street or in shelter."

The proposed cuts would also shut down the child care and after school program that serves hundreds of Tenderloin children.