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Streetside: The New Homelessness

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It is perhaps San Francisco's most famous and most public problem, effecting most neighborhoods in the city -- and it's getting worse. The financial crisis is putting the squeeze on everyone, and putting more people out on the streets in cities across the country, though particularly in the foreclosure-wrought Bay Area. Shelter waiting lists are growing, as are lines at soup kitchens. And a hefty mortgage isn't a prerequisite for new lows: Even the Bush-appointed Homelessness Czar says foreclosure on rental properties is largely to blame. But don't worry your pretty little heads about those already tanking property values, though -- most of the new homeless are staying with friends and family, at short-term shelters or in their cars.
· More people on S.F. streets newly homeless [SF Gate]
· SF Market is in a Van Down by the River [Curbed SF]
[image courtesy flickr photog marc from borft]