|The Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness|
One of the first projects that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom established following his election to office was the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. One of the major components of the Ten-Year Plan is the "Housing First" initiative, a revolutionary approach to addressing homelessness, the thrust of which is getting the homeless off the streets and into stable housing prior to rendering other social services.
Of the 15,000 homeless people in San Francisco, roughly 20%, or 3,000, are considered chronically homeless, which means either that they have been homeless for a year or more or have been homeless for at least four distinct periods within the last three years. The Ten-Year plan has as its primary goal the construction of 3,000 affordable housing units for these homeless individuals.
Discussion of the "Housing First" initiative: http://www.sfgov.org/site/mayor_page.asp?id=25978
Full text of the Ten-Year Plan: http://sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/planningcouncil/news/TheSFPlanFinal.pdf