In the biggest donation of its kind ever made to San Francisco, the Tipping Point Community charitable organization is pledging $100 million to try to cut the chronically homeless population in half over five years — an ambitious goal for a city that has long wrestled with a street population teeming with people with seemingly intractable problems. The money will be used to create permanent housing for street campers, improve aid for people with mental illness and other causes of homelessness, and help the city haul in more state and federal funding, according to the charity and city program directors. The last one-night homeless count released by the city, in 2015, found that 1,745 of San Francisco’s 6,686 indigent people were chronically homeless. Generally, that means they’d lived outside for at least a year and suffered from mental, substance-abuse problems or other difficulties. It’s this chronic population — the most visible and toughest homeless people to treat — that San Francisco nonprofit Tipping Point is trying to help. Shy Brown who has been homeless for seven years at her encampment along Alameda St. on Thursday May 4, 2017, in San Francisco, Ca.Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle The money is being… Read full this story
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