HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours San Diego’s homeless shelter

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development got a personal look Friday at how San Diego is helping hundreds of homeless men and women get off the street.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited one of the city’s three tent shelters, run by the Alpha Project.

With reporters and Carson’s press team tagging along, the Secretary spent about 30 minutes with Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy touring the tent in the East Village, which is home to 325 men and women each night.

Altogether, the city’s three tent shelters established a year ago by the City of San Diego bring about 700 people off the street every night. Carson was shown the shelter beds, showers and laundry facilities.

The Alpha Project tent also has medical services and caseworkers who connect people to programs for employment, counseling and fighting substance abuse. Carson, speaking to reporters said the federal government funds thousands of programs, but is focused on identifying programs and solutions that actually work.

“We are concentrating on data, we are concentrating on evidence. We don’t care about ideology, so whether there’s “Housing First” or whether it’s a different type of program, we want to see what the results are. If the results are good, we’re behind them 100 percent,” Carson said.

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