Who’s homeless enough for housing? In San Francisco an algorithm decides

“…[T]he coordinated entry system is based on how traumatizing your life has been.” San Francisco’s Primary Assessment system makes many people experiencing homelessness feel like permanent housing is unattainable. Applicants are asked intrusive questions about sensitive topics and are scored based on their answers. Many find it to be a system that forces you to share your traumas for a chance at housing assistance; allegedly, refusing to answer questions — even for legitimate reasons — adversely affects their score and their eligibility for assistance. Read full article here


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