Mayor Kevin Faulconer pledged to make addressing homelessness a top priority this year. Here’s what he wants to do.
For the second year in a row, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pledged to put a plan on the ballot to raise hotel-room taxes to pay for a new expansion of the Convention Center. It will be the fifth attempt to raise the hotel-room tax since 2004.
Political leadership has been key to alleviating homelessness in other major cities. Virtually everyone agrees it’s been missing in San Diego. Now Mayor Kevin Faulconer says homelessness will be a top priority in 2017.
The new leader of a group tasked with overseeing regional efforts to reduce homelessness is focused on laying the groundwork to make a much bigger impact.
Volunteering, or donating household goods, can make a big difference. Another way to help the most vulnerable homeless people: Talk to them.
Data released this week reveals thousands of people became newly homeless in San Diego last year.
Homeless veterans are spending weeks and even months seeking homes despite an influx of city and county incentives meant to encourage landlords to welcome them. The slow pace of progress could complicate San Diego’s ability to deliver on its goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2017.
The federal government is considering changing the formula by which it doles out funds to combat homelessness. The current setup handicaps San Diego. But at least three cities that benefit from the current arrangement – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia – don’t want it to change, and are vigorously opposing the plans.
The number of adults over 55 living on streets countywide more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 – and the problem is only expected to get worse. Experts emphasize both the moral and systemic costs likely to come with that uptick.
Todd Gloria joins hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about his time with the city. Also: It’s becoming impossible to avoid or ignore San Diego’s exploding homeless population.