Last year, San Diego transitional housing programs that receive federal funding moved 43 percent of their tenants into permanent housing. The bar set by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is 65 percent.
“We haven’t had it be that low before,” said Pat Leslie, a social work professor at Point Loma Nazarene University who coordinates the countywide Continuum of Care, the network of homelessness service providers that organizes the region’s application for federal funds each year.
More than half of the beds dedicated for homeless people in San Diego County are part of a transitional housing program, a model that offers a temporary place for homeless people to stay while they complete programs lasting up to two years — with accompanying services like job training, substance abuse treatment, health care and childcare. The goal is to move them to permanent, stable housing.