Newsom Unveils Plans for Medical Center for Homeless in San Francisco
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday unveiled plans to open a 75- to 100-bed medical respite center next year to provide help for homeless people with medical, mental health or substance abuse problems, the San Francisco Examiner reports. The proposed center is part of Newsom's campaign to end chronic homelessness in the city.
Newsom also said a new 106-bed facility for disabled homeless people in the city will open next week (Jouvenal, San Francisco Examiner, 12/21).
The number of homeless people receiving public assistance in San Francisco declined by 84% over the last 18 months through the city's Care Not Cash program, and Newsome said no homeless people should be receiving welfare benefits by May (Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/21).