Dufty pushes “wet housing” to tackle homelessness 

San Francisco could house some of its homeless by borrowing an idea that has already proved successful in Seattle and New York, according to one mayoral candidate’s vision to solve one of The City’s most vexing problems.

Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty laid out a three-pronged plan Thursday to fight homelessness, and it includes “wet housing,” which allows chronically alcoholic homeless to actually drink while they’re in supportive housing.

It’s an idea that Dufty has already pitched at City Hall, but without success. That could change as mayor, however, and he’s also got other ideas such as concentrating on transitional youth housing and restructuring the courts to deal with low-level offenders.

Read his plan here. It isn’t exactly a blueprint for radical change, but it’s the first major plan to reduce homelessness in The City that we’ve seen so far from the mayoral field.

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