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Newly-elected San Jose mayor, Sam Liccardo, committed to end homelessness in his 2015 inaugural address:
We face a crisis of homelessness. But we’re from San Jose. We can and we must leverage the Valley’s incomparable innovative spirit and resources to end homelessness in our lifetimes.
... Innovation, of course, doesn’t come easy. Innovation takes risk, and risk requires courage. Collectively, we must muster the courage:
to try what has been untried;
to open our city’s workings to public scrutiny;
... and, above all, to fail, to learn, and to endeavor again.
... I conclude by extending an invitation to each of you: Join me in re-imagining San Jose.
In his State of the city address, he provided data we confirmed with the mayor’s policy analyst, Dylan Simon:
San Jose has ~4,000 homeless residents.
839 of the San Jose homeless are housed; ~ 20%.