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Strong Majority of San Franciscans Support Construction of Housing for Unhoused Neighbors

September 10, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- On the heels of a new California Supreme Court decision that will allow San Francisco to fund programs for the homeless with taxes on big business, new polling shows that voters remain committed to helping their unhoused neighbors find permanent homes in San Francisco -- a goal more easily achieved with the influx of new funding from Proposition C.


The Court’s decision will provide up to $300 million annually to construct new affordable housing, provide intensive mental health care and drug addiction services, move vulnerable homeless San Franciscans into supportive and affordable homes, and expand shelter spaces.

San Francisco Voters believe the 6,000 homeless Californians sleeping on the streets of San Francisco deserve a safe, decent, affordable place to live.

Voters understand that the only long term solution to the homelessness crisis is supportive and affordable housing. 69 percent of respondents agree that the city must invest in affordable housing solutions.

68 percent of respondents believe that the City should do everything in its power to provide shelter or housing for every homeless San Franciscan -- without expelling them from the communities they call home.


“In one of the wealthiest cities in the nation, no San Franciscan should be sleeping on the streets because they don’t have the money to put a roof over their heads,” said BAFCA senior advisor Jane Kim. “Affordable housing should be a fundamental right for all -- particularly in the middle of a pandemic. Residents of the Golden City have spoken: we will do whatever it takes to end the homelessness crisis.”

But San Francisco alone cannot shoulder the burden of new housing construction.

To permanently address the affordable housing crisis, 68 percent of San Franciscans agree that the city needs support from the federal government to provide rental assistance and build thousands of apartments and homes that will remain affordable in perpetuity to prevent displacement and serve future generations.

Residents have made their long-term commitment to ending the homelessness crisis clear: 66 percent of San Franciscans agree that the City should do whatever it takes to permanently end homelessness, including spending $2 billion in addition to funding from Proposition C.