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County approves program to detect who may become homeless



County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that will use data to identify people who are at risk of becoming homeless as a way of keeping them in their homes and off the street.

“We really need to do everything we can to try to intervene early,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, who proposed the initiative, which is modeled on a similar one in Los Angeles said to have been successful.

Fletcher and other supervisors said the new initiative would address a wave of new homeless people who are overwhelming efforts to provide housing for people already homeless. Supervisors referred to a new Regional Task Force on Homelessness report that found an average of 13 people become homeless for every 10 homeless people who are housed.

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