How San Jose officials plan to combat homelessness

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — San Jose City Officials announced Wednesday a new set of proposals that would triple the number of emergency housing units.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced the initiative calling for a “compassionate and clean San Jose.”

The plan is billed as something that could reduce San Jose’s unhoused population by 20% according to a pair of memos to the city council.

It also calls for a three-fold increase in San Jose bridge positions to 300, which could dramatically reduce blight and illegal dumping in the city.

The pandemic has put a stop to the annual head count, but there are an estimated 6,000 homeless people in San Jose.

The city is focused on so-called “rapid build” projects like Rue Ferrari, along with converted motels.

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