When it comes to homelessness, Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to work it both ways – with both long- and short-term solutions.
The only real solution for the disabled homeless population is permanent supportive housing.
For years, federal agencies and San Diego nonprofits have prioritized funding to help homeless veterans and those who’ve spent years on the streets. There’s been far less focus on those who are teetering on the brink of homelessness, or who have just become homeless — though those people might be easier and cheaper to help.
In the absence of city or regional plans to address the growing homelessness crisis, business districts are stepping up with their own initiatives. Some groups have taken steps that do more to displace homeless folks than help them get off the street.
Proposals for a homeless intake facility for years failed to gain traction but the idea is now a central piece in Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan to address homelessness. What changed? For one, two powerful business leaders who have the mayor’s ear took a strong interest in the idea.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plans to address homelessness are drawing jeers from some of the city’s most outspoken advocates. It’s the latest conflict amid a difficult shift toward quickly moving homeless folks into permanent, stable homes instead of shelters or short-term housing first.
Project One for All, the county’s commitment to house 1,250 of the most vulnerable homeless San Diegans, has helped get dozens off the streets and drawn praise from even some of the most skeptical local advocates. But the much-celebrated initiative has hit some snags in its early months. Confusion has sometimes plagued its implementation.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt highlight how local leaders plan to address the growing homeless population.
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.