Pacifica Resource Center, with Professor Sheila Katz of Sonoma State University's Sociology Department, has released its report Homeless in Pacifica? Understanding the Escalating Situation and Creating a Community Solution.
This policy report brings attention to the escalating number of homeless people in Pacifica. Every two years in late January, advocates, homeless guides, and community members gather before dawn to walk the city street by street and count the homeless population.
In 2007, only seven homeless individuals were counted in Pacifica. The number of homeless in Pacifica more than doubled by 2009 to 16, and then rose by more than 600 percent two years later in 2011 to 95. In 2013, the number of homeless increased again by more than a third to 150, a more than 900 percent increase since 2007.
Jane Northrop covers the report in next week's Pacifica Tribune.