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Report: City’s Expectations Going Into Bridge Shelter Program Were Off The Mark

Bunk beds line a

Photo by Susan Murphy

Above: Bunk beds line a "Bridge Shelter" near downtown San Diego, which is providing a home for 324 people, Feb. 23, 2018.

San Diego’s three bridge shelter tents for the homeless are meant to keep people off the streets and help them transition into permanent housing. But so far, the city has fallen short of its goals for the shelters.

Twelve percent of one-time bridge shelter residents have transitioned into permanent housing, as of the end of May. The goal is 65 percent.

A report from Focus Strategies, an outside consulting firm hired by the city, found that many of the expectations going into the program late last year were off the mark. The city thought there were more homeless people ready to make the transition into permanent housing than there were and that there was more permanent housing available than there was.

Now city officials have to figure out how to tailor the program to more accurately reflect reality.

Lisa Jones is the vice president of homeless housing innovations for the San Diego Housing Commission, the organization in charge of overseeing the shelters.

Jones joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the report's recommendations and what's next for the city's bridge shelters.

Report: City's Expectations Going Into Bridge Shelter Program Were Off The Mark

GUESTS:

Lisa Jones, vice president of homeless housing innovations, San Diego Housing Commission

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