San Diego launches homeless resource website

Written by Colin Wood

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and the city’s Homelessness Department launched a new website last week that brings together key statistics and other information about efforts to support the local homeless population. shelter.

The website contains links to programs designed to help the homeless, such as the city’s Safe Parking Program, which designates certain parking lots as places that people living out of their cars can use overnight. There is also information on other resources provided by the city, such as shelters, outreach teams, and camp cleanups.

Among San Diego’s homeless population, there are nearly 2,500 homeless people and about 2,300 in shelters, according to the new site. The site highlights other figures, such as 1,200 real estate investments made during the past year.

A “Success Stories” section shares photos, videos and presentations of people who were once homeless but are now rebuilding their lives.

The website also links to data dashboards from the San Diego Housing Commission, which provide additional metrics on the city’s efforts to help its homeless population, such as average length of stay for visitors. of the shelter and demographic information about those who have used the city’s housing services.

“This website gives the public a glimpse of how the city is working with our partners to create facilities, programs and services to help people end their homelessness,” said Hafsa Kaka, director of the city’s homelessness strategies and solutions department. “While this crisis is daunting, it’s important for the people of San Diegan to know that there are effective approaches to getting people off the streets and into housing, and our team is pursuing them.”

There are about 161,000 homeless people in California — the most of any state, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness — including about 11,000 veterans.

Data released this year by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development suggests that the number of people using shelters has declined during the pandemic, but an influx of federal aid, which has provided additional temporary housing options, may have confused these results. And infrequent counts of homeless populations have long challenged those seeking to understand trends in homelessness. California, for example, did not count its unprotected population last year.

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