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San Diego Homeless Program ‘Project 25’ Is Running Out Of Money

Evening Edition

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.

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muckapoo1 | May 29, 2014 at 7:07 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Solution: Buses to Texas.

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ICare | May 30, 2014 at 9:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe if the county had not built a $100,000,000 water park there would be money left for this program!!!

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benz72 | May 30, 2014 at 9:44 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

If it is unable to fund itself how is it "an unqualified success"? At the very least it seems that the savings must be qualified by the disclaimer that it relies on a continued subsidy.

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sdreefer21 | May 30, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

These people should be the poster children for what all these homeless shelters and free handouts do. Enable people to continue to be homeless and drunk on the streets.

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Missionaccomplished | May 30, 2014 at 11:32 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

_uckkkapoop1, why burden your hero Perry?

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fredlajolla | May 31, 2014 at 7:04 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

These people are suffering from the quintessential "Cat Lady Syndrome." Instead of feral cats they are feeding feral "humans." Four million dollars a year to "save" 25 of the most worthless diseased parasites in this city is an example of how America has gone off the rails.

In case they missed the bus to reality, there are children in this city who cannot get needed medical care because their parents have no money. There are hard working decent residents of this city who are in constant pain because they cannot afford to go to a doctor - the costs are just too great.

Building an empire on the pestilent bodies of drug sodden AIDS carriers, dangerous MDR Tuberculosis carriers, toothless drunks and worse is an example of taxpayer funding gone berzerk.

They admit on air that these "clients" really have no interest in joining the rest of society and actually like their lifestyle.

This country was based up the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail. So let them fail. Most of these "things" would clean up their act pronto if they faced the reality that DEAD was their immediate future.

A solid solution to this level of "diversity" would be one way bus tickets to Washington D.C. Let Obama take care of them.

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muckapoo1 | June 4, 2014 at 10:51 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Fred. Your comment reminds me of the past. Why is the Obama regime not chastised in the media for the homeless the way Bush was. Another media pass. You have a good idea. Buses to D.C. ! Let Obama smell them.

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