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Mayor Newsom Leaves Lasting Legacy For San Francisco’s Homeless

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom meets with homeless people as they wait in line for services at the San Francisco Project Homeless Connect February 28, 2007 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom meets with homeless people as they wait in line for services at the San Francisco Project Homeless Connect February 28, 2007 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ “Project Homeless Connect” has been San Francisco’s crown jewel in dealing with the city’s chronic homeless problem.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom attended his last event on Wednesday at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. He said by no means is the problem solved, but they have put a big dent in it.

“We came together with a great idea. We believed we could do something better and more special,” said Newsom. “We started getting these partners. We started out with two or three partners, and now, you can get eye exams and free eyeglasses, you get medical attention and dental now.”

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The mission of ”Project Homeless Connect” is to connect San Francisco’s homeless with the system of care that will help them move off the streets and into housing, all at one convenient location.

Volunteer Aneesa Williams has been there from the beginning.

“I really like to touch everybody so they know that I’m serious about this. This is a job. This is something that I believe that one person can help another,” she said.

Newsom also announced a new daily “Homeless Connect” that will be operating 40 hours a week in the Tenderloin.

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