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San Francisco mayor plans ‘Department of Homelessness’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (right) spoke in May at a site where a shelter for homeless military veterans and low-income families is to be built. Now, Lee is proposing to move all city homeless services under a new municipal agency. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/LANDOV)

A new department announced by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee would place all homeless services under one roof. It doesn’t have a name yet, but Kevin Fagen, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, has dubbed it the “Department of Homelessness.”

The mayor plans to spend $1 billion over four years to find housing for 8,000 people who sleep on park benches, in doorways and other public places. The money already is in the pipeline for various homeless programs. The mayor thinks it would be better spent under his comprehensive strategy. 

The move is the city’s most “far-reaching” effort in a decade to tackle homelessness, the article says. It follows the implementation of successful schemes in Houston and Salt Lake City to shelter transients. Housing, counseling and drug rehab all would be part of the newly created municipal agency.  


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