Tuesday, December 2, 2008
San Diego city council will invite competitive bids from agencies interested in developing a permanent housing project for the homeless downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Studies show someone who’s chronically homeless costs the community up to $150 thousand a year in law enforcement, health care and public support services.
It’s significantly more cost effective to provide permanent supportive housing for this population.
Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s district includes downtown. He says the city has a developed a list of criteria for a permanent shelter and wants to hear from agencies interested in making it happen.
But he says, if the project gets built downtown, that should just be the starting point
Faulconer: " If we are successful in developing a model that can work in downtown San Diego, I can't stress that enough, it has to be replicated in other parts of the city."
The project might include a one stop service center with counseling and referrals to drug treatment, employment training, health services and day care.
The winning bid is likely to be one that proposes multiple funding sources and doesn’t rely on local public money.
Alison St John, KPBS news.