Photo credit: Jana Asenbrennerova / Special to The Chronicle
Written by: Heather Knight
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On Monday afternoon, San Francisco’s notoriously long waiting list for a shelter bed numbered 1,267 people. You can see the ever-changing list online and also each homeless individual’s chances of sleeping in a bed that night.
You won’t see anybody’s name or much about them, but you can see the client identification number the city uses to track them, and their birth date.
There are surely 1,267 sad stories on that waiting list. The saddest to me was No. 20 in the line — born on Aug. 30, 1930, when Herbert Hoover was president and there were just 48 states.