Newsom homeless program reaches milestone
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday his Care Not Cash program,
introduced in 2003, has reached a new milestone in housing over
2000 formerly homeless persons.
By Maya Strausberg
October 5, 2007
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's Care Not Cash program has
officially housed over 2,000 clients, the mayor's office announced
Proposition N - passed by voters in November, 2002 - cuts public
assistance payments to homeless adult welfare recipients by up
to 85% in exchange for services offered by the City.
Since May 2004, 2,062 people have been placed into permanent
supportive housing. The housing option offers treatment and case
management services on-site, said the mayor's office.
The number of homeless people receiving city welfare money has
decreased 86 percent from 2,497 to 361 since 2004, the mayor said.
Over 97 percent of those who join the program remain housed or
moved on to other stable housing situations, he added.
"Soup kitchens solve hunger, shelters solve sleep, permanent
supportive housing solves homelessness," said Newsom.
Newsom's office said the number of individuals living on the
street has declined 38 percent since late 2002.
Newsom is now working to establish One Stop Employment Centers
to provide job training and placement assistance for those who
have recently received housing, said his office.
He first pushed for the program as a supervisor in 2002.
Critics of the program say Care Not Cash housing is neither affordable
or permanent and dispute citywide homeless count figures produced
by the mayor's office.
Luke Thomas contributed to this report.
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