Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The federal government is awarding a record amount of money to fight homelessness in San Diego. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
San Diego will receive more than 15 million dollars to help end homelessness in the city. The money will come from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the recently passed economic stimulus package. The money will be used to help people in danger of becoming homeless and those who already are. Brian Maienschein is with the United Way and is working to end the region’s homeless problem. He says there are about 10 thousand homeless people in the county.
Maienschein: If the federal government has money to bail out giant insurance companies like AIG, I think it’s good that they can show even a fraction of that amount of money for those who are most in need.
San Diego County will also receive more than 7 million dollars from the federal government to deal with homelessness.
Katie Orr, KPBS News