On any given night in the U.S. there are more than 600,000 people who are homeless. In San Francisco, the government estimates there are about 6,400 people living on the street or in shelters. The numbers have increased only slightly over the past few years, but with the lack of housing in the city, many are wondering what the county is doing to help. Bevan Dufty, works with the mayor's office as the Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement or HOPE.
If you walk upstairs from the kitchen at Mother Brown’s drop-in center in the evening, you’ll find dozens of people sleeping in chairs. During the day, Mother Brown’s serves home-cooked meals to the homeless in San Francisco’s Bayview district. There are over a thousand people without homes in Bayview -- the second-highest homeless population in the city. But there’s not one shelter. So for more than a decade, Mother Brown’s has been offering chairs. Now they want to offer beds.