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San Francisco Homelessness

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When Dr. Josh Bamberger was starting his medical career in the Tenderloin, he wished he could offer something more to his sickest homeless patients. Now he can.  
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A pilot program with San Mateo County’s public health plan aims to stop the revolving door between the emergency room, nursing home and street.
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This is the first of a three-part series, Housing As Healthcare: How Housing Can Save Seniors' Lives, produced by Angela Johnston while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's 2021 California Fellowship.
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SF is bringing people off the streets, but a shortage of mental health workers to help them stay housed could put all this effort at risk.
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In an ideal world, the city could quickly and permanently house thousands. But the real world requires transitional places to give people hope and keep them off the streets. Can SF do it with fresh ideas and smart spending?
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Now five years old, the city agency without formal oversight or permanent leadership struggles to get a handle on a chronic health and humanitarian crisis.
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The RV park is part of California's Project Room Key program, which aimed to open up 15,000 hotel rooms to the state's homeless population when the pandemic took hold in March.
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During shelter-in-place, some hotel rooms were opened to homeless people — yet weren't being filled.


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