Obama’s homelessness plan pleases Newsom 

President Barack Obama has homed in on one of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s favorite subjects: homelessness. The mayor was relieved to hear that the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness unveiled Opening Doors, a federal plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Opening Doors is the federal government’s version of San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect; the federal program leverages local and regional strategies to end homelessness. Moreover, it aims to build upon momentum generated in cities such as San Francisco, which has taken the lead on ending homelessness, according to the Mayor’s Office.

“In San Francisco, we’ve proven that we can make real progress in moving people off our streets and into supportive housing and services when you develop a long-term strategic plan,” Newsom said. “With Project Homeless Connect, we’ve shown we can harness the political will and public support necessary to commit real resources to providing care and supportive housing. But cities and counties can’t do it alone. With this plan, President Obama is pledging a strong federal partnership with local efforts to prevent and end homelessness.”

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