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San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless

People stand outside of tents on 17th Street in San Diego's East Village, Nov...

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Above: People stand outside of tents on 17th Street in San Diego's East Village, Nov. 25, 2016.

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Alison St John, North County reporter, KPBS

Transcript

San Diego city leaders will announce an $80 million plan Wednesday to get thousands of homeless people off the streets.

The three-year plan could put a significant dent in the homeless crisis by placing 3,000 people into permanent supportive housing. It will also fund a prevention program to help 1,000 individuals or families on the brink of eviction from falling into homelessness.

"We would be able to step in and help pay rent for a month or two, we would help stabilize the family -- maybe help them look for other resources," said Rick Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission and one of the leaders overseeing the plan.

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Another component of the plan is stepped-up outreach services to help homeless people use their housing vouchers to find a place to live.

Alison St John, KPBS North County reporter, discussed the initiative Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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