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San Francisco's Pier 80 Homeless Shelter Comes With Staggering Cost

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) -- San Francisco is spending well above an average month's rent to house each homeless person staying inside its Pier 80 shelter.

The shelter, about three miles from downtown, is costing the city about $1 million per month.  The city expects about 225 people to stay each night for the two months it will remain open.  If the city's projection turns out to be accurate, it will spend about $150 per night, per person to stay there.

After a few delays, the city got showers hooked up, and there are storage lockers and parking for shopping carts.  But, much of the cost is for the services that will hopefully get the homeless back on their feet.

"We have case workers here, shelter staff, as well as security," Trent Rhorer, Executive Director of San Francisco's Human Services Agency said.

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