(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) San Francisco Mayor London Breed faced a backlash after she announced that she will end the homelessness problem by only helping one group of homeless people.
Breed announced a plan to help homeless people in San Francisco. However, in her perspective, it is more important to concentrate on only one group of people who are living on the streets – “transgenders.”
Breed said that “transgenders” are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness, so it is very important to concentrate on this specific group of people to protect “trans communities.”
“Transgender, nonbinary, and [gender-nonconforming] San Franciscans are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness compared to the general population, and we know that the rates are even higher for our minority trans communities,” Breed said.
There are approximately 7,754 homeless people in San Francisco, and only about 320 of them are “transgender,” based on a 2021 survey, Townhall reported.
“With one of the largest TGNC populations in the country, we not only must ensure that all San Franciscans have access to housing and essential resources through continued investments, but we can show the country that we continue to be a leader [in] supporting and protecting our trans communities.”
Today I announced my 5-year plan to end transgender homelessness in San Francisco, which includes investing in programs that support and create real long-term change in the lives of transgender people. @SF_HSH @SF_DPH @sfmohcd @TransCitySF https://t.co/mdEPEx01TS
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 31, 2022
Breed’s program has received widespread backlash.
“Most SF citizens would be happier with a 30 day plan to clean up the human feces off of city sidewalks. Oh, and stop all the shoplifting,” tweeted one critic on the plan.
Another noted that “transgenders” are just 0.2% of the LGBT population.
$6.5 million to “end” homelessness for 400 trans people?
With an LGBT population of 250k?
That’s 0.2% of the LGBT population.
In 2019 there were 1,054 homeless LGBT…out of 8,000 total homeless residents.
Your focus is on only 5% of homeless ppl? https://t.co/tNuXhe2bwm
— Chad Felix Greene 🏳️🌈 (@chadfelixg) May 31, 2022
Another questioned the legality of the whole policy.
“This policy seems very narrowly directed and exclusive. One might say it’s discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional.”