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Tackling Homelessness in the Heart of Silicon Valley

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Seventy percent of Santa Clara County’s homeless population resides in San Jose. The city recently passed a $950 million housing bond with $700 million allocated for homeless housing alone. The money will go toward short and long term building projects such as micro housing units and permanent housing in churches. But some San Jose residents are getting fed up and want the homeless to move on: Caltrans is in the process of building an eight foot tall fence to stop the homeless from returning to an encampment near one neighborhood. We talk with San Jose’s homelessness response manager Ray Bramson and Destination:Home’s Jennifer Loving about how the city is coping with the crisis of homelessness in Silicon Valley. We’ll also check in with Eileen Richardson, founder of Downtown Streets Team.

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