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Sacramento Officials Meet To Address Homelessness In The Region

File / Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk in Sacramento, Calif.,Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

File / Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The Sacramento City Council and Board of Supervisors held a special joint meeting Tuesday to discuss how to address the homelessness problem.

The two bodies will vote whether to give Housing Choice Voucher preference to households that are already homeless when vacancies become available.

City Councilman Jeff Harris says people at risk of becoming homeless have previously been the priority.

"They're being used mostly for very low-income individuals, people who are maybe marginally housed, who are at the very low end of the economic spectrum, who need (a) subsidy to stay in housing," Harris says.

The city and county will also decide how best to continue assistance for that population while providing more help for people who are already homeless.

The county says there are 70,000 people on 11 waiting lists for vouchers.

In the next two years, the county expects 650 vouchers will become available annually.


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