Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Zero New Clients at Homeless Center Last Week of April

The latest stats and demographic data about clients entering San Francisco's Navigation Center for the homeless, referred to City workers as the dashboard, from the Office of Mayor Ed Lee released in response to my public records request reveals curious numbers.

Emails from Kyle Patterson, the numbers-cruncher from the Office of the City Controller, state the dashboard during the last week of April recorded zero new clients.

The first week of May's dashboard says only four new clients have been admitted to the Navigation Center.

Demographic numbers show that since the homeless center opened in late March, a total of sixty-three individuals have been clients and as of May 10 there were forty-four active clients.

The largest ethnic category shows 35% are white, 24% black, 19% Latino, 8% Native Americans, 3% Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, 2 % Asian and 10% other.

Asked if they identify as LGBTQ, 79% said no and 21% replied yes. There are 67% male clients, 27% female, 5% male to female transgenders and 2% female to male transgenders.

A lotta percentages for a relatively small group of homeless folks. Can Mayor Lee and his backer spin these numbers as a success in addressing the needs of homeless people on the streets, and getting them into the center or shelters or supportive housing or an affordable apartment?

The homeless center is located on Mission Street near 16th.

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