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San Diego County unveils new plan to provide shelter for mentally ill homeless

San Diego County is moving forward with a new program that will provide long-term housing and care to as many as 1,250 mentally ill homeless people in the next two years.

“These are the people who have basically lost the struggle with behavioral health issues and are about as down and out as human beings can get,” Supervisor Greg Cox said. “They have a serious illness. These lost souls share our streets, but not our sense of reality.”

County government will work with 18 cities, six housing authorities and landlords to provide shelter and treatment. The program, which was approved unanimously last week by all five supervisors, is expected to cost $20 million in the...

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