San Francisco Creates New Tracking System To Fight Homelessness

in news •  9 days ago

Authorities in San Francisco have been quietly working for some time now on putting together a new system that is going to track every homeless man, woman, and child in the region.

Dubbed the One System, it has reportedly been recently rolled-out and they have already been slowly logging individuals into the system.

The goal, authorities claim, is to be in a better position to tackle homelessness by using this system to track progress and help them to be more efficient with their resources, tailor housing needs etc.

Eventually, they hope to have the entire system online and operational by early next year.

They've already logged in at least 1,000 individuals into the system, and there are many more to come.


Once the system is fully operational, it will reportedly allow counselors working in the homeless community, and government workers etc, to be able to access the information on file. This will include information such as whether or not a person has spent time behind bars, how many times they've been to a detox center or recovery venue etc, and more.

Due to the sensitive nature of the details that would be compiled, that does raise some privacy concerns for the individuals who might not want that information shared.

Authorities hope that the new homeless-tracking system is going to be the answer to help them drastically reduce the number of people living on the street. It's alleged that similar systems have helped to reduce homelessness in areas like Houston, Chicago, and Salt Lake. However, there is conflicting information which suggests that there are still heavily present and rising homeless populations in those regions.

In some cases, folks are asking where the homeless people have gone exactly, after authorities have carried out these “clean-up” efforts that are targeted against them.

Did they leave the state? Are they in treatment? Did they get their own shelter? Were they sent to a different neighborhood? It's unclear.


Anyone familiar with addiction will be well aware that you cannot force someone who isn't ready to get clean and change their life. If that is the motivation fueling this or any anti-homeless initiative, then it is one that is going to fail miserably.

Are these tracking systems going to truly make the difference in turning around the state of affairs for many who are struggling with homelessness right now? The program certainly aims to help the state to boost its control over the homeless population with the data that it's seeking to compile. Can they trust the government to hold this sensitive information about them? Are homeless people not entitled to privacy?

The Underlying Problem...

Some advocates have argued that by offering things like hot showers, meals, and overnight places to stay etc, that this helps yes, but that it is also only aiding and abetting homelessness and not addressing the underlying cause which many suggest is a lack of affordable housing.

Not only that, but many of those in the homeless community also desperately need support services to help them combat addiction, mental illness, or to cope with trying to function in society in a healthy way. Tackling the problem requires a multi-level approach.

It isn't only a few cities in the U.S. that are having to combat this issue either, there are ongoing efforts taking place in cities worldwide that are seeking to tackle homelessness.

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Great idea! Great post bro! Followed and upvoted 🙃

Excellent tracking system, I would like that in my country Venezuela will help us in that way
Greetings your post motivates me I like to read them

Well isn't that just dandy. Why bother building affordable housing when you can build a tracking system instead?

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...my thoughts exactly....

nice idea and information , thank u sharing

@doitvoluntarily excellent news, congratulations to the San Francisco authorities. In much of the world there is this problem and what is worse is increasing, we hope that other governments follow this example
Thank you very much dear friend for differentiating this news
I wish you a great day

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Society needs to stop congratulating acts of order following and cowardness. Government deserves no praise. It’s only purpose is control and violence.

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Jesus Christ. You really do have selective reading don't you. You're not going to question the system itself which causes such massive homelessness in the first place? Just cheer on the surveillance state eh? Seriously, do you work for the government? Because every time there's a story about government wanting to spy on more people and destroy more freedoms and liberties you cheer them on as "good/excellent news"

jlufer: It's excellent news and we hope more governments around the world build tracking systems to track every single person 24/7.

wishing you success all the way

We have a ton of homeless here in Kelowna B.C. Canada @doitvoluntarily . with 0 vacancy rate and high rents it just gets worse every year! what we need more then anything is more affordable housing! but like in San Fran they spend money on other stuff instead like making more shelters etc. Thanks for sharing, upped earlier by Auto voter, and now resteemed !👍👍👍✌💕

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thanks karen👍👍

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Your welcome 😊👍

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First of all, I'm quite glad I found your blog. You write very well and select interesting topics. Thanks for that!

Secondly, oh golly gee...tracking the homeless? This is not going to end well. Once the system becomes accepted, it will become mandatory that you allow yourself to be tracked in order to receive services. Next these services will be denied to you based on your history. Third (as mentioned in the article), many people will be vehemently opposed to allowing themselves to be tracked in this manner. It will become just one more way to blame homeless people for their plight.

There's a solution to this issue, but I don't think this is it.