100,000 Homes Sit Empty in the San Francisco area, Thousands Sleep on the Streets

An estimated 100,025 houses sit empty in the San Francisco metro area. Thousands of people sleep on the streets, despite San Francisco’s best efforts to push them out of the city.

Compared to other cities, San Francisco metro area’s vacancy rate is actually low at 5.6 percent. The amount of vacant homes is still more than enough to house every person who sleeps on the streets and many of those who rely on couch surfing because they have nowhere else to go and cannot possibly afford the exorbitant cost of rent.

The number of vacant properties comes from a study released this month. The study pulled data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. 1.784 million households were counted in the area, roughly 1.684 million of which are occupied. The area studied includes San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward and surrounding areas.



Photo: “Houses, San Francisco Bay” by Nick Amoscato is licensed under CC BY 2.0