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125 More San Diego Homeless Provided With Housing

More than 100 of downtown San Diego's most vulnerable homeless identified in a survey last year have been provided with housing, and homeless advocates said today they are preparing to give the same assistance to another 125.

In September 2010, volunteers counted more than 1,000 people living on the streets downtown and got 737 to participate in the survey. Of those, more than 300 were determined to need services the most because of health problems, length of time without a home or other issues.

"Many were at risk of dying on the streets,'' Mayor Jerry Sanders told reporters.

More than three-quarters of the homeless had mental health or substance abuse issues, and 30 percent faced both, according to the survey results.

The San Diego Housing Commission has given 101 people vouchers to obtain private housing, including 75 veterans, said commission CEO Rick Gentry. Another 23 are receiving other services.

Jennifer LeSar, a consultant who specializes in homeless issues, said work is under way to obtain funding to help another 125 to receive housing vouchers.

She said officials plan a new survey in January to "freshen up the list'' of the transitory homeless population before selecting the most vulnerable.

In a couple of years, several housing complexes will be completed in which about 300-400 units will be set aside for the homeless, she said.

The vouchers are paid for by the federal government, but officials at the news conference said private donations -- like a just-announced $20,000 gift from Wells Fargo -- are welcomed.

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evilgirl | December 27, 2011 at 11:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I am pretty sure no one is going to read this old article. There is a woman whos been living on the streets in San Diego in her late 50's she looks or lots older, its hard to tell with her skin so bruised up. She seems to stay on this eletrical box on el cajon blvd between the cvs and some bank. I have pulled over of late being it was christmas and gave her some money. It was not as much as i would of liked, she seemed to be mentally handicapped some. Spoke of her clothes sticking to her flesh, being wet, no bathrooms, she needed a new pair of pants, but she could not have just any pair of pants see, they had to be a certain kind of sweat pants? I brought her this big heavy coat that i never wear and she did not want it because it had no zipper pockets in it. To bad no one seems to care much that she has nothing, no where to go! Where is the city to help woman??

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