San Jose to expand homeless resources

March 6, 2009 12:28:33 PM PST
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says his city will be getting over $4 million of federal stimulus money to support local homelessness prevention services.

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The federal money will be combined with more than $700,000 in county funding.

The majority of funding will be used to provide permanent housing for homeless families and other services.

"The system of revolving door from hospital to jail to mental health to street, in and out and in and out of services all over the county costs us more than it will take to put them in housing and deliver services to help them end their problems," Reed said.

The money will also be used to provide support services for homeless individuals, the mentally ill and veterans who are homeless or need help re-training for permanent jobs.

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