The number of homeless encampments in San Francisco is at its highest level since 2020, according to The San Francisco Standard.

More people entered homeless shelters through the city’s homeless outreach operations during the first six months of 2023 than during any six-month period since 2021. according to the Standard. As of July 2023, there are 523 Homeless encampments in San Francisco highest since October 2020 530 homeless encampment sites, according to the San Francisco government. (RELATED: ‘It’s Like Twice a Week Now’: Homeless People Still Pooping in Elevators at Upscale San Francisco Mall)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: San Francisco Mayor London Breed looks on during a press conference at San Francisco Police Headquarters on April 13, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to the city, more than 4,000 people are homeless and unsheltered in San Francisco.

The city issued a state of emergency in December 2021 after shooting himself crime and drug use in 2020 and 2021 and began stricter enforcement of homeless ordinances. Judge Donna Ryu of the United States District Court in Oakland, California, issued a mandate in December 2022 banning the city enforcing its homeless ordinances, following a lawsuit against the city filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the advocacy group Coalition on Homelessness.

The city’s street response coordination director, Sam Dodge, said in April that the number of people refusing services increased because of the ruling, according to the Standard. A record 975 people entered shelters, while 49% of people refused services during homeless outreach operations in San Francisco in the first six months of this year, according to the city.

Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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