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>> Tucker: SUDDENLY IN BIG

AMERICAN CITIES HOMELESS

SEEM TO BE EVERYWHERE.

THAT'S NOT ANY IMAGINATION.

ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT HALF A

MILLION PEOPLE SLEEP OUTSIDE

IN THIS COUNTRY.

ENOUGH PEOPLE TO FILL YANKEE

STADIUM 10 TIMES OVER.

MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN

AMERICA RIGHT NOW THAN

ACTIVE DUTY TROOPS IN THE

U.S. ARMY.

IN FACT, HAD THEIR OWN STATE

HAVE ALMOST AS MANY PEOPLE

AS WYOMING DOES.

EVEN AS THE ECONOMY HAS

GROWN THE HOMELESS

POPULATION HAS GROWN WITH

IT.

WHO ARE THESE HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND HOW

DID THEY GET THERE AND WHY?

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?

WHAT IS THIS ANYWAY?

THE WEST COAST IS THE

EPICENTER OF THE PROBLEM AND

WE SENT OUR PRODUCER COUGAR

SENT JOURNEY 8 CITIES IN

THREE STATES.

HEROIN ADDICTS LIVING ALONG

FREEWAYS IN SEATTLE.

COLLEGE TOWN TRYING TO CLEAR

SIDEWALKS SO PEOPLE WITH K.

WALK.

RV DWELLER LIVING NEXT TO

THE RICHEST PEOPLE.

HOUSING COSTS ARE ZERO.

ACROSS THE WEST WE FOUND

PLACES IN AMERICA THAT ARE

ALMOST THIRD WORLD IN THEIR

DECAY AND DISOORGS AND THE

CHAOS.

OFTEN WE FOUND HOMELESSNESS

AND RAMPANT DRUG USE IN

PLACES YOU WOULD NEVER

EXPECT TO SEE THEM.

THIS IS THE COMPLICATED

PROBLEM.

THERE IS NO OBVIOUS

SOLUTION.

AT LEAST NO OBVIOUS ONE

SOLUTION.

ONE EXPLANATION YOU HEAR IS

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM.

AND PEOPLE SAY THE

GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTED TO

THE CRISIS WHEN IT STARTED

DISCHARGING PATIENTS FROM

MENTAL HOSPITALS AND

SHUTTING THOSE HOSPITALS IN

THE 1960'S, THERE IS TRUTH

IN THAT, CLEARLY.

IT'S A FACTOR.

IT DOESN'T EXPLAIN

EVERYTHING.

GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES THAT

JUST ABOUT 25% OF OUR

HOMELESS POPULATION IS

SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL AND

THAT SEEMED ABOUT RIGHT.

WE ARE STRUCK BY HOW MANY OF

THE HOMELESS WE TALKED TO

WERE NOT MENTALLY ILL.

MANY WERE TOTALLY COHERENT.

SOME OF THEM WERE WITTY

EVEN.

ANOTHER EXPLANATION IS THAT

SKY HIGH HOUSING PRICES IN

PLACES LIKE CALIFORNIA FORCE

FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

AND THAT CAN BE A FACTOR,

TOO.

BUT IT'S NOT THE OVERALL

ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

WHAT'S GOING ON.

BECAUSE WE FOUND

HOMELESSNESS IN PLACES WHERE

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET HAD

COLLAPSED.

PLACES WHERE APARTMENT

RENTALS GO FOR JUST A FEW

HUNDRED BUCKS A MONTH WHERE

WORKING CLASS PEOPLE CAN

AFFORD TO LIVE.

REALLY IT'S A QUESTION OF

DRUG ADDICTION, ALCOHOLISM,

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.

HEALTHCARE COSTS.

HOUSING COSTS.

AND FAMILY DISSOLUTION.

THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE

CAUSE OF HOMELESSNESS.

IN FACT, IN EVERY STORY WE

LISTENED TO, AT LEAST SOME

OF THOSE FACTORS PLAYED A

ROLE.

IT'S STILL CONFUSING EXACTLY

WHAT'S GOING ON.

TO FIND OUT WE BEGAN IN SAN

FRANCISCO ONE EVER THE

RICHEST PLACES ON EARTH.

SAN FRANCISCO HAS NOR

BILLIONAIRES PER CAPITA THAN

ANY CITY IN THE WORLD.

THE REASON WELL NEARBY

SILICON VALLEY GENERATED

UNPRECEDENTED WEALTH THERE

WERE SEVERAL

MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR IPOs

THIS YEAR ALONE.

BENEATH THIS WEALTH IS

EXTREME INEQUALITY.

THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

HAS THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS

PEOPLE LIVING ON THE

SIDEWALKS.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN THERE

RECENTLY YOU KNOW THAT'S

TRUE.

THE CITY HAS A FLOURISHING

DRUG SCENE.

SOME OF NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE

OPENED THEIR HEROIN MARKETS

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.

COPS DO NOTHING ABOUT THEM.

DESPITE ITS BLOOMING

ECONOMY, SAN FRANCISCO HAS

LOST ITS GRIP ON ITS

HOMELESS PROBLEM AND

STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE BASIC

SERVICES.

HERE WHAT HAPPENS WE FOUND

WHEN WE WENT THERE.

THIS WAS THE SCENE OUTSIDE

OUR HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO.

A HOMELESS MAN HUNGRY FOR

DINNER DIGGING THROUGH A

TRASH CAN FOR FOOD.

THE EPICENTER OF

HOMELESSNESS IN SAN

FRANCISCO IS THE TENDER LION

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCKS FROM

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS LIKE

UNION SQUARE AND MAJOR

THOROUGHFARES LIKE MARKET

STREET.

IN THE TENDER LION WE SAW

JUNKIES SHOOTING UP IN BROAD

DAYLIGHT AND MAKESHIFT FLIFS

ONE THREATENED TO STAB OUR

CAMERA CREW BECAUSE WE WERE

FILMING THERE.

IN THIS PHOTO A MOTHER AND

DAUGHTER STANDING FROM A MAN

TOO INTOXICATED TO PUT ON

HIS OWN COAT.

THE CITY HAS 470 INTRAVENOUS

DRUG USERS PER SQUARE MILE.

ONE REASON SO MANY HOMELESS

CONGREGATE IN THE AREA IS A

PLACE CALLED GLIDE MEMORIAL

CHURCH LIKE THE CITY AROUND

IT.

GLIDE IS POLITICAL AND POST

CHRISTIAN.

BACK IN THE 1960s, IT

REMOVED ITS CROSSES TO BE

MORE WELCOMING.

THIS MAN WAS OUT COLD ON A

SIDEWALK JUST BLOCKS FROM

THE CHURCH.

NEXT TO HIM A PARTIALLY

EATEN BIRTHDAY CAKE.

SYRINGES THAT THE CITY

PASSES OUT AND WATER PACKET

TO HELP ADDICTS COOK HEROIN

ON THE STREET.

HOW DOES THE CITY THIS RICH

GET SO DIRTY?

ONE REASON SAN FRANCISCO NO

LONGER ENFORCES QUALITY OF

LIFE CITATION LIKE SLEEPING

ON THE SIDEWALK OR PUBLIC

URINATION.

THE CITY USED TO USE

CITATIONS AS LEVERAGE TO GET

PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS.

BUT, IN 2016, A LIBERAL

JUDGE CALLED CHRISTOPHER

HYATT FLUSHED ALL 64,000

OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR

QUALITY OF LIFE CRIMES.

EVERY ONE FROM 2011 TO 2015.

BUT IT'S NOT JUST QUALITY OF

LIFE CRIMES.

SAN FRANCISCO NOW FINDS IT

DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE ANY

LAW.

>> THERE YOU GO.

JUST BROKE IN.

>> SMASH AND GRAB CAR THEFTS

ARE EVERYWHERE.

A HUGE PROBLEM IN SAN

FRANCISCO.

COPS MAKE ARRESTS IN FEWER

THAN 2% OF THEM.

POLICE STATIONED IN THE

TENDER LION CLAIM IT'S

IMPOSSIBLE TO GET

CONVICTIONS AGAINST DRUG

DEALERS THEY DON'T TRY TO

ENFORCE THE LAW.

THE POLICE NOW ALLOW

CRIMINALS TO OPERATE EVEN

WHEN COPS KNOW WHO THEY'RE

AND WHAT THEY'RE UP TO.

ONE CONSEQUENCE OF NOT

ENFORCING THOSE LAWS RAMPANT

DRUG ABUSE WELL BEYOND THE

TENDER LION.

WE VIDEOTAPED THIS MAN

SHOOTING UP HEROIN RIGHT IN

FRONT OF CITY HALL IN BROAD

DAYLIGHT.

HERE'S A PICTURE TWO OF

PEOPLE SHOOTING UP AT

MISSION DELORES PARK.

ROW HOUSE NEXT TO THESE

JUNKIES CURRENTLY SELLS FOR

$6 MILLION.

CITY OFFICIALS ARE WELL

AWARE OF THE PROBLEM SAN

FRANCISCO RESIDENTS HAVE

REPORTED FECES AND SYRINGE

COMPLAINTS ON NEARLY EVERY

BLOCK OF THE CITY.

FORMER MAYOR MARK FARRELL

TOLD LOCAL MEDIA EVEN HE HAD

STEPPED ON A USE THE NEEDLE

AT THE CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

RIGHT NEAR DOWNTOWN BUT

NOTHING IS CHANGING.

DESPITE THE REPORTS AND THE

MONEY THAT SAN FRANCISCO

SPENDS ON CLEANING ITS

STREETS, WE FOUND SYRINGES

AND HUMAN FECES ALL OVER THE

CITY.

SAN FRANCISCO ISN'T THE ONLY

CITY THAT HAS LOST CONTROL.

NOT IN THE COUNTRY AND

CERTAINLY NOT IN CALIFORNIA.

TOMORROW WE WILL TAKE YOU TO

OTHER PARTS OF THAT STATE

AND WHAT YOU SEE WILL SHOCK

YOU.

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