San Jose Considers Plan to House Homeless in Motels

Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 12:01 AM PDT
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San Jose Considers Plan to House Homeless in Motels

Homeless people in San Jose could soon be put up in motels and hotels.

San Jose has a new plan to deal with the growing homeless situation--put them up at hotels and motels.

The city council Monday will consider a plan to work with non-profits to lease rooms and allow the homeless to stay there.

The non-profits would offer up those rooms to homeless people for up to five years, along with services to help them find jobs and permanent housing.

San Jose officials said about 100 homeless people have publicly-funded vouchers for subsidized housing, but cannot find places that will accept them.

The cost to San Jose is about $1 million annually to house 60 people.

Supporters said the number of affordable housing options are shrinking as the homeless population grows and shelters are often full.
 

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