As some other cities celebrate drops in homelessness, San Diego County’s confronted with a spike in those living on the street.
The annual point-in-time count, conducted by hundreds of volunteers on a morning in January, relies on reports from shelter operators and the observations of volunteers who seek out the homeless on sidewalks, canyons and other outdoor encampments. The results of the count released Friday revealed a 19 percent increase in unsheltered homelessness countywide but a 0.6 percent decrease in the homeless population overall.
The survey tallied 834 fewer people staying in shelters than last January’s count.
The new numbers represent a 13 percent drop in overall homelessness since 2012 but a continued challenge for the nonprofits and local officials looking to help get San Diegans off the streets.
Here are some key takeaways from the point-in-time count results.
San Diego County’s system for serving the homeless is in flux – and it may be showing in the numbers.
Cities and nonprofits across the county have been shifting their approaches to combating homelessness in the last year. That could be contributing to the seemingly contradictory results of the count – a slight drop overall, but a big spike in people on the street.
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As long as the county's detox center, where cops from all other the county take drunks, remains in East Village there will continue to be a homeless problem in the neighborhood. Police from all other the county take drunks there, and don't take them back to their community of origin when they sober up, many of them will just remain in East Village. I believe that the first step toward getting homeless out of East Village will be when the city and county agree to set up detox centers distributed throughout the county, where drunks can sober and remain in their existing neighborhoods. When Valerie Stallings offered to host a satellite detox center in Pacific Beach, she was hounded out of office. So I don't expect today's politicians to agree to distributed detox centers anytime soon.
Your story, while informative etc, is secondary to the spite and wickedness in the story of stones.
The public, including the homeless -especially them- would be better served by a bit of investigative reporting to expose the decisionmakers on the matter of stones. They should have no place to hide.
One of the biggest factors in fighting homelessness is in fighting among the various providers. They are struggling over limited resources and each desperately wants to protect their piece of the pie. The result is the homeless suffer needlessly.