Supervisor Farrell Releases Comprehensive Independent Report on Homelessness and Requests New Analysis and Report on Supportive Housing for the Homeless

Supervisor Mark Farrell Releases Comprehensive Independent Report on Homelessness and Requests New Analysis and Report on Supportive Housing for the Homeless

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Supervisor Mark Farrell is releasing a comprehensive Budget and Legislative Analyst (BLA) report on City services and benefits for persons who are homeless, and an analysis of the criteria to qualify for those services and benefits. Supervisor Farrell is also publicly requesting that the BLA produce a comprehensive report on supportive housing that will specifically focus on the varying costs and public subsidies for the program, as well as tenant assessment and outcomes at supportive housing programs citywide.

“In order to significantly impact homelessness in San Francisco, we have to better understand the dollars we are spending and the outcomes we are receiving for those dollars,” stated Supervisor Mark Farrell. “This report has served as an unbiased base for me to understand more about the homelessness services we provide as a City, and as a starting point to analyze where we can improve.”

The BLA report can be found in full here: http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=48239.

In 2011, the City Services Auditor released a report for then Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi that assessed the efficacy of supportive housing programs. The report found in general that investments in supportive housing generate significant public cost savings when supportive housing programs serve the most at-risk, chronically homeless population. That report can be found in full here: http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=48238.

The new analysis that Supervisor Farrell is requesting the BLA to report on will focus on the varying costs and public subsidy needs for supportive housing programs, as well as an examination of how the costs and subsidies relate to tenant outcomes in supportive housing. Supervisor Farrell is also looking for the report to examine intake and compliance criteria for entry into supportive housing programs.

“My hope is that the BLA report I am requesting today will serve as another valuable tool to help us make better data-driven decisions regarding supportive housing programs here in San Francisco,” stated Supervisor Mark Farrell. “We need to better understand our assessment of individuals entering and exiting supportive housing, so that we can continue to house more of our homeless population, which has proven to be more cost-effective than allowing individuals to remain on our streets and continue to utilize our emergency medical infrastructure.”

Supervisor Farrell plans to use the new report in time for the budget advocacy season that will be underway soon in San Francisco, so that the City continues to wisely invest in homelessness services that have been proven to produce the best outcomes.

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