San Diego turns to gang member for help on homeless issues

San Diego’s efforts to fight homelessness will be coordinated by a former gang member who turned his life around after serving time for possession of a deadly weapon and narcotics.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is promoting Jonathan Herrera, 31, to become the city’s point person on homelessness, a job held by former White House aide Stacie Spector until she resigned abruptly in early May.

“Jonathan’s life story and what he has overcome to get to where he is today is a testament to the strength of his character,” Faulconer said Friday. “He can relate to the struggles people are going through to turn their lives around, and I think that’s going to be a tremendous asset as we work together as a region to address the homeless crisis on our streets.”

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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