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Santa Clara County Plans to House Homeless

Santa Clara County supervisors are working on a final budget plan for next year, including a proposal to fund permanent housing for chronically homeless people. The money, starting at $4 million a year, would come from a voter-approved sales tax increase.

Jennifer Loving is executive director of Destination Home, a group that works on behalf of the chronically homeless. She says the proposal shows how seriously the county takes homelessness.

 "The recognition that housing is a treatment option for clients in the social services system that don't have housing, is really fantastic," Loving says. "We couldn't be more pleased."

Loving says creating a local fund gives the county more flexibility to create the right housing for the population it's serving. She says that when people are in permanent housing, they become more financially stable and independent, and require fewer services and county resources.

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