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San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

Posted at 2:04 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 02:39:34-04

SAN FRANCISCO — A city-sanctioned homeless encampment with 80 tents has sprung up by San Francisco's City Hall, part of an effort to protect the homeless amid the coronavirus pandemic.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed says she didn’t want to approve the site but had no choice given the growing number of unregulated tents on cramped sidewalks.

Tents are neatly spaced out in the encampment, which is fenced off, monitored and stocked with clean water and food.

Other U.S cities with large populations of un-sheltered homeless are reluctantly embracing tent encampments as a way to protect people living outdoors.

Portland, Oregon, has three homeless camps with city-provided sleeping bags and tents.