Former Houston mayor shares strategies to reduce homelessness in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Elected leaders from San Diego and nearly half a dozen cities across San Diego County are being challenged to work together to reduce homelessness.

On Monday, in a meeting convened by County Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward, the group heard from Annise Parker, who was mayor of the Texas city from 2010 to 2016.

Like San Diego, Houston also favors a “Housing First” concept, which focuses on moving people into permanent housing, with added services for those who are mentally ill or need extra support.

Parker touted the “Housing First” approach and other efforts as key to reducing the number of unsheltered men and women in Houston by 60 percent over a third year period.

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