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What San Diego Can Learn From LA's Effort To House The Homeless

Attendees of a previous affordable housing conference put on by the San Diego Housing Federation are pictured.
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Attendees of a previous affordable housing conference put on by the San Diego Housing Federation are pictured.
In San Diego County, at least 8,000 people are homeless. One way to get roofs over their heads — build more affordable housing.

In San Diego County, at least 8,000 people are homeless.

One way to get roofs over their heads — build more housing. But, making that a reality is easier said than done.

This week, the San Diego Housing Federation is holding its annual affordable housing and community development conference. The keynote speaker at the event is Chris Ko, the managing director of homelessness and strategic initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He’s credited with leading the coalition that created and passed ballot measures to address homelessness in and around Los Angeles.

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He joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss lessons learned from Los Angeles's effort to address homelessness and the region's housing crisis.