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San Diego misses deadline to apply for homeless housing funds

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Susan Murphy
Homeless people stand in front of their make-shift shelters on 17th Street in San Diego's East Village, June 28, 2016.

Roughly $61 million in funds earmarked for permanent supportive housing in San Diego County has gone unclaimed.

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The county and city governments failed to submit any proposals for projects that would give affordable homes to people experiencing homelessness.

The free money would have come from Project Homekey, a state initiative aimed at using federal COVID-19 relief funds and state dollars to convert existing properties into permanent homes for homeless Californians.

While the program isn't over, it's less clear now whether it will deliver any money to help with San Diego's homelessness crisis.

Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt joined Midday Edition on Tuesday with more on the story.