Newsom still hoping to expand Homeless Connect 

Even finding a way to close The City’s $483 million budget deficit, Mayor Gavin Newsom still promises to fund homelessness — daily. The mayor told the Examiner that his pet project Homeless Connect has been so successful that he is still looking to expand the volunteer-based services 24/7. The one obstacle his office is struggling to overcome isn’t necessarily money but finding a location to set up shop, Newsom said.

“The challenge, candidly, and it remains a challenge, is finding a space. We are having a heck of a hard time,” Newsom said.

Regardless, he hopes to push this idea of a “daily connect” through the budget process, which would provide basic services for San Francisco’s homeless population and help get them off the streets.

“It’s been a passion of mine,” Newsom added.

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