[Ed. – This follows the largest tax increase in the city’s history.]
When San Francisco voters were considering a 2018 ballot measure that would impose the largest tax increase in city history to fund homelessness services, critics warned that the initiative’s spending plan was vague and unaccountable. Now, a chunk of that money is going to fund some very expensive tents.
On Wednesday, staff for the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing went before the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Committee to request $20 million over the next two fiscal years to continue operating six “safe sleeping” tent encampments.
The $20 million being requested for the program “seems like an exorbitant amount for something that we’re trying to transition [away from] as quickly as possible,” said Supervisor Ahsha Safai at the hearing. “When you factor in 260 beds at $15 million for year one, that’s $57,000 per tent.”