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If you were poor & crapping in the streets of San Francisco what are some things that money can buy, that you would miss?

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  • 2 months ago

    The most obvious answer is stable housing.   Nobody really wants to be having to use the streets for a bathroom.

    While the high cost of housing is one of the main reasons for there being 8,000 homeless people in SF a good portion of that number have addiction and/or mental health issues that make it difficult to find housing much less stay housed.  

    The rest of people who are homeless in SF can have a hard time finding work that will pay enough to allow them to move into stable housing.  They can cobble together enough money for phone service, a mail box and a gym membership [so they can shower regularly] but it will never amount to enough to come up with the $12,000 that is needed to get an apartment in SF.  The police sweeps also are ruinous to a homeless person.  They come and take tents, and their contents which means a person can lose not only their shelter, but medications, clothing, ID, and personal items repeatedly

    While services exist to move homeless people into stable housing there are fewer slots in the programs than there are people to fill them and "working the system" to get into those programs takes a lot of time, energy and perseverance on the part of the person seeking those services.  

    Source(s): Your post has no relevance to SF or Travel.
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  • John
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    2 months ago

    Pretty much the same as in Dallas or Shreveport or Miami or Denver or LA or Chicago or Philly or NYC.  I gather that you think there's some point to be made but it pretty much eludes everyone.......

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  • 2 months ago

    Money can buy anything. Many homeless people, particularly in SF, have jobs or bank accounts but are unable to find stable housing due to how expensive and competitive the real estate market is in the Bay Area. It can be hard to find an apartment in or near SF if you don't have high income.

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  • 2 months ago

    None -- because if you were poor by San Francisco standards and couldn't afford a home in San Francisco, you could still be very rich compared to the rest of the country and be able to buy nearly anything that money can buy (including a home somewhere else, just not in San Francisco). Many of the homeless do have jobs that pay more than jobs in other states, and can afford homes outside of San Francisco, but choose to stay in San Francisco and be homeless there, so that they can keep their (relatively) high-paying jobs.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I dont really understand the question. But some homeless people dont always have a choice of money. Because they dont have money and no jobs will hire them because of their lack of knowledge and their hygiene 

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