Communities with visibly large homeless populations sleeping on the streets tend to attract more money and resources to combat the problem. Because of the hidden nature of South Bay homelessness, there are far fewer resources there to help struggling residents and families.
Schools in the South Bay have become a hub for homeless students and their families to find everything from a place to shower to help with school enrollment to assistance applying for public benefits.
Some San Diego agencies serving the homeless are being forced to change their approach or lose a crucial funding source.
NBC 7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia and I break San Diego’s disparity down in the latest episode of San Diego Explained.
Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts want to push for a change in federal formulas that disadvantage San Diego.
Last year, San Diego transitional housing programs that get federal funding moved 43 percent of participants into permanent housing. The federal bar is 65 percent.
Fifty-two of San Diego County’s homelessness service providers will receive grants to keep existing programs going.
Local representatives want to change San Diego’s place in the receiving line for federal homelessness grants. We looked at where the money San Diego gets now goes.
Mayor Bob Filner said he’ll help local congressional representatives lobby HUD to change its allocation of homelessness funding.
Despite having the third-highest homeless population in the country, San Diego gets less money from a key federal source than many other cities with fewer homeless people.