A comprehensive study of residential hotel room rates has determined that 90% of San Francisco’s General Assistance population cannot afford a permanent place to live
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TENDERLOIN HOUSING CLINIC
126 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
For Immediate Release
July 5, 1988
GENERAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS CANNOT AFFORD PERMANENT HOUSING IN SAN FRANCISCO
A comprehensive study of residential hotel room rates has determined that 90% of San Francisco’s General Assistance population cannot afford a permanent place to live.
The study was undertaken by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, a non-profit law office that provides free legal assistance to low income tenants. The study surveyed room rates at the city’s 75 least expensive hotels, and found only ten hotels whose room rents fell below the $72.00 per week legal limit for General Assistance recipients. Since three of the ten require security deposits, there are at most seven hotels in the city where a recipient can potentially obtain permanent housing. A General Assistance recipient receives a grant of $311.00 from the City in order to meet all of his or her non-food expenses, including housing.