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City adopting 10-year plan to end homelessness

WILMINGTON -- Several major cities already use what's called a "ten-year plan" to end chronic homelessness. Now Wilmington is doing the same thing. A committee appointed by Mayor Bill Saffo has come up with a first draft of the plan. It calls for extending what is currently taking place in the City. Right now, when a homeless person is picked up by police or taken to the hospital, they're often put back on the streets or taken to a temporary shelter. In one part of the plan, the city would provide support services and permanent housing. Steering committee Co-chair Spiro Macris said, "We're talking about possibly building new housing, or buying old houses renovating them, buying apartment buildings, renovating them." There is much more to the first draft of the plan. If you'd like to read the entire draft you can visit the Cape Fear Homeless web site at

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