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.

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.

When a 15-year-old girl was killed by a semi-truck in Otay Mesa in 2014, no one asked why she was walking in the far-flung industrial area in the first place – news reports instead focused on the fact that she was distracted by her phone. But it turns out that the teenager was walking home from school, and […]

County supervisors for years have focused on buildings and the county’s bank account (plus flirtations with the Chargers and a gondola). Two county supervisors’ pitch to dip into reserve funds for affordable housing speaks to a growing movement calling on San Diego County to dip into its bank account to address today’s problems rather than staving off long-term ones.

On this week’s podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby explain what the revelation about the mayor’s power means for the proposed special election. Also: conversations with homelessness advocate Michael McConnell and Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego.

There’s a bevy of voices in the debate over what to do about San Diego’s homeless crisis. A comprehensive regional plan to address the issue is finally in the works. Now leaders just have to get everyone to back it. As VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt reports, getting all the disparate nonprofits, cities, business interests and advocates to go […]