Julia, 22, holds a baby carrier filled with toiletries, socks and wipes as she waits outside San Francisco’s Tenderloin Centre, which provides showers, sterile drug use supplies, and caseworkers for the city’s unhoused population. With clips holding back her blonde hair, she is one of San Francisco’s nearly 8,000 unhoused residents. “I love the city and I hate it,” she says.
Julia began using drugs as a teenager. Now struggling with an opioid addiction, she stays in San Francisco for its cheap drugs, lenient policing, and accessible social services. “You love [the city] for the same reason you…
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