The latest census of San Diego’s homeless population sheds light on a major problem: Many folks living on the street – particularly those who have been there for years – are choosing to stay in tents and makeshift structures instead of shelters.
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.
Data released this week reveals thousands of people became newly homeless in San Diego last year.
San Diego still has by far the highest number of homeless people among cities in the county. But long-term data shows the city’s efforts to provide shelter and aid might be paying off.
An estimated 8,900 people in San Diego County were sleeping on the streets or in homeless shelters on a rainy morning in January.
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.
A guide to what we’ve explored so far in our in-depth reporting on homelessness in San Diego, and where we’re going next.
The organizer behind an effort to tally the county’s homeless population claimed more than half of the county could be considered rural.
A few snapshots from volunteers who counted homeless people around the city in Friday’s annual census.
The growing numbers of people who are homeless here and what’s being done, in our latest San Diego Explained.