Since 2006, when the regional Plan to End Chronic Homelessness (PTECH) was unveiled, the county Board of Supervisors has been slammed for being one of only two local governments (Santee being the other) whove refused to publicly endorse the plan. I asked Roberts about this in January 2009 and what he told me then echos what he said today. Heres an excerpt from a blog post I wrote after talking to him:
Roberts said that the supervisors want to see something more concrete. Right now, endorsing [PTECH] is, largely, a symbolic gesture of support . It doesnt obligate any local governments to actually build supportive housing (that jobs pretty much being left up to non-profits and private developers who want to tap into federal funding sources or receive tax credits).
We try to stay out of symbolic gestures, Roberts told me. If were going to endorse something, were going to do something.
Roberts said today that he told PTECH Commissioner Brian Maienschein, Dont leave the county out when Maienschein first started talking about Project 25. The United Ways issued a request for proposals to find a nonprofit to implement the project. The countys agreed to provide the social-services component and the San Diego Housing Commission will provide housing vouchers. For more about Project 25, check out my story in this weeks CityBeat. Ill also be blogging a bit more about it tomorrow and Friday.