A developer agreed years ago to maintain public restrooms at Fault Line Park in East Village. But homeless people say they remain inaccessible. Meanwhile, experts say hygiene issues could be helping spread the deadliest hepatitis A outbreak in California in 20 years.
Amid rising street homelessness, San Diego leaders are increasingly talking about short-term places for homeless people to settle without the threat of being cited by police.
Body camera footage discovered by the city attorney’s office after a homeless man was convicted of an infraction shows a San Diego Police officer gave false testimony multiple times under oath. The city attorney’s office didn’t notify SDPD about the officer until contacted by Voice of San Diego.
As homelessness rises in San Diego, so does police enforcement and questions about where the homeless are allowed to go – before and after they’re hit with citations and orders to stay away.
In the short term, city and county leaders should take steps to get homeless people as many resources as they can as quickly as possible.
If you take one high-profile count of the region’s homeless at face value, you’d assume homelessness in the South Bay is dropping. But a closer look reveals many homeless families there are hidden out of sight, a reality that has real implications for some of the most vulnerable populations in the South Bay.
Gordon Walker, a crucial player in Utah’s efforts to reduce chronic homelessness, is now leading the countywide group coordinating San Diego’s fight against growing homelessness.
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.
Last school year, one-third of students in the San Ysidro School District were identified as homeless. In this short web documentary, Catalina Rios discusses her family’s struggle to find and afford stable housing. After living in a junkyard, Rios and her children now crowd into a tiny trailer.
San Ysidro’s demographics and its location on the border contribute to a unique set of housing woes. “I can’t get my green card without an address, I can’t work without a green card and I can’t afford an apartment without work,” said one resident whose struggle is familiar to many community members.