Wealth & poverty

Lack of Shelter for Homeless Collides With Voters’ Wish to Clear Tent Encampments

Helena Ong and Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Dec 7 2016 - 6:04pm

San Francisco voters narrowly passed Proposition Q, creating new policies for how the city clears tent encampments where homeless people live. But that law may be a nonstarter, because there is virtually no indoor shelter available to get tent dwellers off city streets.

Homeless Lose Economic Opportunity as Goodwill Flagship Store Closes

Hye-Jin Kim, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 29 2016 - 11:51am

The charity is closing its flagship Mission Street location, which was a financial lifeline for many homeless or low-income residents. In its place will rise two gleaming towers, one featuring 448 market-rate and 112 below-market-rate apartments.

How Media Coverage on Homelessness Falls Short (And What Reporters Can Do About It)

Hye-Jin Kim and Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 22 2016 - 7:00am

In many newsrooms, “the homeless” is a well-worn catchphrase for the often-anonymous people on the street or in shelters. But many professionals who work with these populations on a daily basis find the term offensive and misleading.

With Cost of Living Rising Fast, Experts Seek Solutions

Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 8 2016 - 4:36pm

Live discussion on the cost of living: Everyone in San Francisco knows the cost of living has skyrocketed. What they might not realize is that consumer prices — led by escalating housing costs — are leaving many low- and middle-income families struggling to stay in the city while remaining above the poverty level.

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:49pm

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

State Subsidies Lag Behind Local Child-Care Costs

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:47pm

The income cutoff to qualify for subsidies is based on the 2005 state median income, while the average cost of putting a San Francisco preschooler in care full time has almost doubled since then.

Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:42pm

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

In the Heart of Tech, a Persistent Digital Divide

Peter Snarr, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:31pm

Internet access is increasingly taken for granted — for finding a job, attending all levels of school, managing a business, entertainment and communication. But 100,000 San Francisco residents cannot afford a home connection.

A Tale of Two Markets

Mark Hedin and Geoff Link, Central City Extra — Jan 21 2016 - 2:01pm

Mid-Market stores are worlds apart, a sign of rapid change.

Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 21 2015 - 11:46am

A case involving San Jose that is now before the state Supreme Court could hamper affordable housing construction statewide.

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