A newly released study of Bay Area homelessness shows the problem is need of a regional solution.
The year-long study by the Bay Area Council says the nine-county region has the third highest number of homeless people in the country at more than 28-thousand. That number is more the population in 50 of its 101 cities.
Two-thirds of those people are living on the streets, compared to about one-third nationally, because of a severe shortage of shelter beds, according the report's authors.
The Council calls it a regional humanitarian crisis that "does not abide traditional local boundaries" and cannot be solved by cities and counties acting alone.