Dallas launches task force to reduce homelessness

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced a new task force on Thursday designed to reduce the number of homeless people in the city.

The team will work with non-profits and medical groups to find affordable housing options, including apartments or tiny homes.

There will be a heavy focus on the health and safety of people who live in tents along busy roadways, as well as those behaving erratically in public areas.

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"We have to throw the kitchen sink at this problem," said Mayor Johnson. 

The chair of the Dallas Housing Authority knows it will be a challenge.

She had to find a way to keep her adult son off of the streets.

"Each and every time I see one of those people living on the street, I know somebody somewhere is trying to help them, but they have a right to refuse it," said Betty Culbreath.

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The task force is expected to make its recommendations on June 15.

The mayor hopes that will lead to a regional effort that involves other cities facing similar problems.