Counting the homeless in San Francisco: imperfect and imperative


In a reported comic, journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle follows volunteers as they attempt to count the homeless on the streets of San Francisco, a city where the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $3,410. Cagle describes the process as crucial but flawed, since the headcount is necessary to receive federal funds for shelters—but uses a definition that many advocates say is too narrow. Senator Diane Feinstein recently introduced a bill to expand that definition, and make more children eligible for federal housing assistance.