Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal


In November of 2002 San Francisco voters approved Proposition N, titled Care Not Cash, with the intent that it would reduce homelessness and improve the health and welfare of homeless persons receiving General Assistance. This note examines the effectiveness of Care Not Cash in combating homelessness and in achieving its promise of services and aid with the curtailment of General Assistance. In evaluating Care Not Cash's effectiveness, the author reviews homeless assistance programs employed by cities and municipalities throughout the United States. Additionally, the author explores alternative homeless outreach programs currently existent in San Francisco which have been effective in filling in the gaps left by Care Not Cash. In conclusion, that author suggests how the root causes of homelessness can eradicated.

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