"One-stop help centers exist all over the U.S. — in San Francisco, there’s Project Homeless Connect, a 10-year-old effort to refer the homeless to job training, substance-abuse counseling and other programs that can pull them off the streets.
The whole thing is a gamble of sorts, its creators admit. But for now, hopes are high.
“To have a newness to this, we have to have a sense that people actually will get help,” Lee told officials who came to tour the center, which the city Public Works Department just finished building out with dormitories, a laundry, counseling rooms, and pet and storage areas.
The center will be open 24 hours a day, but the idea is not just to provide an alternative spot to pitch a tent. By moving campers in as a group, the city hopes, they will trust the process more than many do in shelters, where, as Fairrer puts it, “you’re sleeping next to strangers and don’t know what to expect.”
OUR COMMENT! EVERY CITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEEDS A PLAN LIKE THIS and THE FUNDING. Shelters are time wasters. Even "lucky" people sometimes waste years of their lives expecting a shelter to get them permanent housing. Shelters take funds from the government and donations from corporations and individuals and use it for salaries of incompetents.