San Francisco officials were alarmed last year when U.S. Census figures showed a net loss of 5,000 children between 2000 and 2010, despite efforts to keep families in town by improving schools and making housing more affordable.
On Thursday, supervisors will hold a hearing to explore why families are leaving The City, as well as what might be done to keep them here.
"A great city is a diverse city, and that includes families and children," said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who is sponsoring the hearing along with Supervisor John Avalos. “To me, with young children, this is an important issue.”
Census data show the number of kids in The City plunged by more than 40 percent over 50 years. Today, just 13.4 percent of San Franciscans are younger than 18, one of the lowest figures for any American city.
At the 1 p.m. Government Audit and Oversight Committee hearing, supervisors will look at issues including housing affordability, schools, The City’s high cost of living, parks and safe streets.