Taking Aim At Ending Chronic Homelessness

25 homeless people will be given permanent housing in an effort to change their lives.

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    A big announcement brings San Diego a step closer to getting homeless people off the streets.

    The United Way and its 'Home Again' campaign announced the selection of Father Joe's Villages to help carry out Project 25. 

    The project will provide permanent housing and supportive services to at least 25 of San Diego's most frequent users of government services for the homeless.

    Father Joe believes permanent housing is a key factor in getting homeless people off the streets.

    "So we've learned that when you start with emergency housing, that just goes so far, " said Father Joe Carroll. "Transition housing... just goes so far. Lately what we found out is unless you get people into some form of permanent housing they are going to end up back on the streets."

    The chronically homeless represent 24 percent of the total homeless population in San Diego County.