The Bay Area is fed up with homelessness, but interest in housing is flagging

Homelessness — not COVID, not wildfires and not even the sky-high price of housing — is the problem Bay Area residents are most concerned about, as massive encampments shine a spotlight on the issue in nearly every corner of the region.

In a new poll, 60% of respondents said they are very concerned about homelessness in the nine-county Bay Area, according to results released Tuesday by the Bay Area Council. At the same time, residents are less worried this year about housing affordability and availability — and slightly less willing to support new residential development.

The results reflect residents’ mounting dissatisfaction with growing homeless camps that display the suffering of

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