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City Council forms special committee for homelessness in San Diego

Headed by Cole, the committee will be chaired by Councilman Chris Ward who oversees downtown Hillcrest and North Park, the most affected areas of homelessness.
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In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the City Council will form a special committee dedicated to addressing the San Diego homeless problem.

Two months ago a formation of such committee was proposed by President Myrtle Cole and now they will meet for one year, with a potential six-month extension according to Fox 5 News.

Headed by Cole, the group will be chaired by Councilman Chris Ward who oversees Downtown, Hillcrest and North Park, the most affected areas of homelessness.

Ward is also vice chairman of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

Joining Ward will be Council members Chris Cate, Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf. Together they will formulate a plan to address the problem to the full City Council. Gomez will be the vice chair.

“The committee will give the city an opportunity to revisit our policies and processes, and work with the community on how we can strengthen and clarify our role in housing our homeless,” Cole said.

She also said the city of San Diego’s comprehensive policy on homelessness has not been updated since 1995.

“I believe it’s time that we revisit this policy, and ensure that our policy reflects today’s values and needs,” she said, “and that we have a policy that is putting us on an effective path to helping those in need.”

The homeless committee will work with San Diego Housing commission and support a six-point plan that will make available 500 more housing units, more preventive programs and outreach programs by various San Diego agencies.