This November, San Franciscans will have a tough decision to make. Aside from voting for America’s next president, San Franciscans will have to vote on Proposition Q: a measure that would remove homeless tents and encampments within 24 hours. On the bright side, officials will only be permitted to remove the tents and encampments if proper housing or shelter is arranged beforehand. But here’s the problem with that.
San Francisco has the second highest homeless population in the United States, second only to New York. And according to CNN, San Francisco already has over 800 people on the waiting list for long-term shelter beds. Additionally, there are only 1,000 temporary shelter beds available in the entire city, and those beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
But that doesn’t stop a few tech elites from investing a lot of time, money, and effort into making sure the measure passes. Ron Conway, Michael Moritz, and William Oberndorf have each contributed $49,999 in support of the measure.
It’s disappointing to see that combined $150,000 go towards a measure that won’t actually fix the problem of homelessness. The problem is that there aren’t enough shelters to accommodate the destitute. That’s why they’re forced to sleep on the streets.
Kicking homeless people out of San Francisco will only force them into neighboring cities or towns. It’s the equivalent of moving a displaced object from one side of the room to the other. It doesn’t make the object go away; it merely changes the location of it.
If those investors were truly passionate about ending poverty and homelessness, it would have been nice to see them donate that $150,000 towards shelters. That could have purchased at least a hundred or so more beds. But instead, that money was spent on supporting a measure that won’t fix homelessness at all.