The most ambitious plan in more than a decade for reducing homelessness in San Francisco will be unveiled this week, and its core goals are audacious: cutting the number of hard-core street people in half, ending family homelessness and clearing away all large tent encampments. The aim of this “Five-Year Strategic Framework” is to hit the benchmarks progressively by the end of 2022, and the key to the whole thing is bundling all the city’s homeless services tighter than ever before, said Jeff Kositsky, head of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. That coordination will come through what he has dubbed the Homelessness Response System, which will tie together the 15 independent databases now being used to track homeless people through housing, medical and other services. Instead of being interviewed over and over afresh at every shelter, drug center or aid agency, homeless people will be able to do just one intake assessment — and then every program they go to can see instantly what’s worked and what’s failed. This elimination of duplication already has shown great success in Houston, Salt Lake City and other areas. “We have to move toward better coordination,” Kositsky told The Chronicle’s editorial board… Read full this story
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