SAN FRANCISCO — For a while now, Brian Goss has been on a mission to help homeless people find permanent housing.
The 37-year-old software engineer and father of three in San Francisco is the director of the city’s homeless service agency, called Housing Works, and has worked on a lot of projects.
But he hasn’t had much luck.
Goss, who lives with his wife and three children, is one of a handful of San Francisco’s homeless that has found a home, with no shortage of challenges. “
If it’s the first time I’m homeless, I’ll do everything I can to make sure I can survive.”
Goss, who lives with his wife and three children, is one of a handful of San Francisco’s homeless that has found a home, with no shortage of challenges.
He and other people are often living in vehicles parked outside in the cold, sometimes for months on end, because of limited space.
Others don’t have a car to park.
The number of homeless people in the city has jumped by nearly 500 percent in the past 10 years, to more than 11,500, according to the city.
The homeless population in the Bay Area has doubled since 2010, according the city, and homeless advocates say the increase in homelessness is partly due to a series of policies and policies that have made it difficult for people to find permanent places to live.
Goss has had to move his family several times in recent months, to try to find a place to live in San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley, California, while others are moving to New York, Texas and Florida.
Goss’s experience in San Fran is an extreme case, said Chris Anderson, a spokesman for the city of San Jose.
The city has worked hard to increase the number of people living on the streets, and that has been accompanied by a large increase in the number who are homeless, Anderson said.
The city’s Housing Works program was created in 2008 and has been expanding ever since.
The agency’s mission is to connect homeless people to supportive housing and to help them transition into the job market, he said, and it also provides assistance with finding housing.
Anderson said the city does not have a “one size fits all” strategy to deal with homelessness.
Ginsberg, the housing authority spokesman, said the agency is working to create a better and more flexible system for those living on streets. “
We don’t do a lot with that information, but we are trying.”
Ginsberg, the housing authority spokesman, said the agency is working to create a better and more flexible system for those living on streets.
The housing agency has an emergency shelter at the former City Hall, but he said it has no place to house homeless people, and they would need to move to another facility in the area.
The new shelter will be about the same size as the old one, and will have an open area for people who have nowhere else to go, he added.
“It’s a huge issue,” he added, adding that people with mental illness need to get off the streets and into supportive housing as soon as possible.
Ginsburg said the Housing Works team is working with the city to provide housing, including the homeless people who are in the shelter.
Goss said the team is also helping people who live on streets with the shelter to find jobs.
The housing authority has not received a single call from someone with a serious mental illness or disability asking to be housed, said Goss, whose wife, Nicole, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Gives her support to be in a supportive environment, he says.
People who are living on sidewalks, street corners and other places have to have a vehicle or rent a car, and those who can’t pay for the cost of transportation often turn to other means to get to and from work, he adds.
Some of the people who go to the shelter have to pay rent.
Others may be homeless because they don’t qualify for the rent subsidy program, which was created to help people who can no longer afford housing.
The Housing Works initiative is being expanded, and the housing agency is trying to make it easier for people in a range of circumstances to be able to get a permanent place to stay, Goss added.
For people who need a place and have a job, they can get a place by paying their own rent or by paying other people, he explained.
But for those who don’t, they may need to pay for transportation.
We have a lot to do to make housing more affordable and to make the program more flexible, said Anderson, the city spokesman.
There is no question that there is a problem with homelessness, Anderson added.
It is a very challenging problem, and we have to do something about it.
The Homeless Program, which is overseen by the state Department of Homeless Services, is a federally funded program that provides money for housing for