Amid skyrocketing housing prices and rising inequality, the number of unhoused people across California is booming.
Homelessness in San Francisco has spiked at least 30% since 2017. In Oakland, it’s grown by nearly 50%. As more people have been forced onto the streets, encampments have popped up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and in other city centers.
But while advocates push for more affordable housing solutions, instead, city governments have been cracking down on unhoused people with increasingly punitive measures that criminalize homelessness.
In a special report, Democracy Now! traveled to San Francisco to speak with unhoused people and their advocates about conditions there.
Human Rights and Equality
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