San Francisco homelessness: Number of families seeking shelter grows

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With all of their belongings packed into a stroller, Gabriella Crespo and her 14-year-old son, Adeimis, wait outside an emergency homeless shelter in the Mission District each night, wondering whether there will be space on a school gymnasium floor for them to sleep.

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Crespo, who fled Venezuela around a month ago to escape sexual violence and political turbulence, said she was forced onto a bus in Texas before being dropped off at an Oakland BART station on April 12.

She was then instructed by immigration authorities to take a train to the Embarcadero, she said, where a San Francisco police officer took them to the makeshift shelter at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School on Valencia Street.

But weeks later, Crespo and her son have been unable to officially secure a spot to sleep.

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