New five-year plan looks to ‘reduce’ homelessness in SF

San Francisco’s 10-year plan to “abolish” homelessness sunset in 2014, but a new five-year plan to “reduce” homelessness may follow.

Supervisor Mark Farrell is set to introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting calling for the creation of a five-year plan to “reduce homelessness.”

In announcing his effort, Farrell made it clear he supports Mayor Ed Lee’s plan to create a consolidating homeless department as part of the mayor’s budget proposal, and backs the mayor’s choice for director Jeff Kositsky.

However, Farrell would like The City to have “a unified strategy” and to speak with “one voice.”

“A five year-plan will create a higher level of accountability,” he said in a statement. That plan would be drafted by Kositsky under Farrell’s proposal.

What Farrell said he’d like to see in the plan are strategies and funding needs for housing exists for homeless residents, ideas to reform city contracts and improve homeless services, and other suggestions for reducing the homeless population.

The resolution would be voted on by the board June 14, the same day the board is scheduled to vote on legislation introduced by Supervisor David Campos to mandate the creation of more Navigation Centers.

Farrell is chair of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, which is reviewing the mayor’s proposed $9.6 billion city budget.

San Francisco’s 10-year plan to abolish homelessness was adopted in 2004 and sunset in 2014. That plan mainly called for the creation of 3,000 new supportive housing units. The City surpassed that goal.

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