- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city will create a department grouping all of San Francisco’s homeless services under one roof, a step that would be the most far-reaching effort in a decade to help people living on the streets.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1IFXl2A) Wednesday that by gathering all the health, housing, drug rehabilitation and counseling programs designed for the homeless under one agency, Mayor Ed Lee hopes to stream services. Such moves have had success in Houston and Salt Lake City.

Lee said one of his inspirations for creating the department was the city’s Navigation Center, which has taken 250 people off the street since it opened in April, the newspaper reported.

Lee has a goal of spending at least $1 billion over the next four years to help 8,000 people out of homelessness.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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