Since Mayor Gavin Newsom took office, he and the city of San Francisco have spent more than $1 billion on the homeless.
But is it helping?
This year, the city spent $150 million on health care and social services for its estimated 13,500 homeless on the street or in city-funded housing.
That comes to about $11,000 per person.
The city has spent another $176 million, mostly in federal funds, on permanent housing for the homeless since 2004. ...
By the mayor's calculations, 44 percent of the people whom police or social workers talk to on the streets have been in San Francisco for less than 90 days.
--Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, on one reason why there are so many homeless in San Francisco