Last city council committee item of the day, swear. But it's certainly worth a look-see as the Quality of Life Committee this afternoon gets an update on The Bridge. It's very much a case of good news-bad news for the homeless assistance center on Corsicana Street: Almost 500 folks have gotten jobs, and more than 200 have been placed in permanent housing, since it opened in May. And a "group of 20 senior citizens transitioned from being homeless neighbors at The Bridge to housed neighbors at an apartment complex in October 2008," says the briefing.
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But Dallas Police also report a jump in individual robberies and aggravated assaults around The Bridge, while "unplanned courtyard sleeping has resulted in diminished resources, higher costs of security [and] caused unmanageable caseloads." The executive summary puts it best: "The Bridge met all goals that we established," but a "major curve ball was when twice as many homeless showed up."