San Diego Homeless Program ‘Project 25’ Is Running Out Of Money
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Aired 5/29/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Marc Stevenson, Project 25
Shaina Gross, Vice President of Impact Strategies and Mobilization with the United Way of San Diego
An experiment that began in 2010 to find housing for San Diego's most at-risk homeless people has been an unqualified success. Project 25 focused on the most frequent users of emergency services, set them up in apartments and provided support and medical services.
The result: People who cost taxpayers and San Diego hospitals more than $4 million now cost a little more than $2 million to maintain.
But this program that has saved San Diegans millions is now at the end of its three-year pilot program and out of funds. Despite its success, the future of Project 25 is now uncertain.