Mayor Gavin Newsom says his office is “desperately” looking for a location to house a permanent homeless connect where people can access services daily.
Despite The City’s $522 million budget deficit, Newsom says he will move forward with plans to offer permanent, daily services to homeless people through his Project Homeless Connect.
Currently, the Mayor’s Office is looking for city property to renovate or private property to lease in the Civic Center neighborhood for the permanent connect program. The Mayor has not yet located money for the program, but there is a possibility of getting federal stimulus dollars for it, officials said.
“We will make this permanent so that it is every single day, and bring panoply of services under one roof and with a drop-in center,” Newsom said. “We are absolutely certain we can accomplish this even with a backdrop of a historic budget shortfall.”
The permanent connect program would be a scaled back version of his Project Homeless Connect, which offers a one-stop shop for health and human services for homeless San Franciscans.
Newsom on Wednesday announced major milestones in his 10-year plan to end homelessness, including developing 1,679 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless.