San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a plan Tuesday to end transgender homelessness by 2027.
Breed added a plan to his two-year budget proposal to end homelessness that would include transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) San Franciscans, a spokesperson for his office said. The mayor says such an action would make SF the first city in the United States to commit to ending homelessness for TGNC people.
The mayor’s plan would create at least 150 long-term housing subsidies through the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP) program. A new permanent supportive housing site would also be acquired for trans youth, with a focus on those of transitional age. Breed would also dedicate $6 million over two years for short-term rental subsidies, flexible financial assistance, and support to build capacity for nonprofit providers. $500,000 would go to Behavioral Health Services.
“Transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming San Franciscans are 18 times more likely to be homeless compared to the general population,” Breed said. “And we know the rates are even higher for our minority trans communities.”
The city estimates that there are approximately 400 homeless TGNC residents at any given time in San Francisco.
The mayor’s plan would be a collaborative effort between the mayor’s office for housing and community development, the ministry of homelessness and supportive housing, the ministry of public health, the office of transgender initiatives and the non-profit organizations that serve TGNC residents.