San Diego City Leaders Launch $80 Million Plan To House The Homeless
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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Alison St John, North County reporter, KPBS
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.
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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