A study has found that LGBT people make up 29% of the homeless population in San Francisco despite making up only 15.4 % of the general population in the city.
The Human Services Agency of San Francisco conducted a census of homeless people to maintain federal funding for its programs and found 6,436 people to be homeless in the city.
The city defined homeless people as those, ‘living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide [a] temporary living arrangement, or [those] with a primary night time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport or camping ground.'
By the city’s numbers there are close to 2,000 LGBT people sleeping rough in the city.
The 2013 survey was the first to ask homeless people what their sexual orientation was so the Human Services Agency was unable to find out whether LGBT homelessness was up or down in the city compared to 2012.
The census takers did not speculate why LGBT people were so over-represented among homeless people, but a 2012 study of youth homelessness in America found nearly 40 percent of young homeless people to be LGBT and pointed the finger at family rejection as the leading cause.