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Homeless Services Commissioner Outlines Homelessness Reduction Proposal Before City Council

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New plans to reduce homelessness across the city are taking shape.

The homeless services commissioner, Gilbert Taylor, testified before the City Council during a budget hearing to provide details on plans proposed as part of the 2015 budget.

The commissioner outlined a proposed $80 million rental assistance program that would help families with at least one working member move out of shelters.

He says it's a starting point in the quest to end homelessness.

"The intention behind it was to get us started in terms of identifying a plan that we could then share with the state and engage them in a dialogue around for a population that we feel deserve it, absolutely deserve any assistance that we can provide them to help them exit shelter sooner than later," Taylor said.

Taylor also proposed a plan to allocate an additional $12 million of city funding toward homeless prevention services.

A recent shelter census showed a historic high of 53,000 city residents are homeless. Twenty-two thousand of them are children.

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