Dozens more homeless San Diegans settled on downtown streets last year than in the previous three years, according to a prominent business group’s monthly count.
In December, the Downtown San Diego Partnership discovered a nearly 60 percent spike in unsheltered homeless compared with December 2014.
In East Village alone, the group reported an 86 percent rise in homeless on the streets. Three other downtown neighborhoods – Core Columbia, Cortez and Marina – also saw increases.
The Downtown Partnership also reported a higher annual monthly average in unsheltered homeless downtown for all of 2015 than in the previous year.
These statistics could foreshadow the results of the annual Regional Task Force on the Homeless count set for early Friday.
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I would really like to see the City do something about this problem. Evereyone knows it's a huge problem, and every few months there's a news article about it. But what is going to be DONE about it??
I live downtown San Diego, and just last evening while walking the dog I had the unpleasant experience of seeing a homeless camper taking a poop in the bushes across the street. Pants down and squatting right there in full view. That cannot be legal, right?!? Why do we residents just have to take it? It's like we just accept it that some people get to live outside the law ("it's part of city life" we say).
The photos in this article are completely representative and are not over-the-top at all: basically yep that is exactly what is looks like, and nothing seems to be done about it for those of us who live downtown (I mean, ACTUALLY live here, in residences in our downtown neighborhoods) Whole sides of certain streets cannot be used in the evenings by any pedestrians because the homeless have set up their tents and beds in a big long row. It smells like urine and feces even during the day after they've picked up their camps. Then in the evening then they return again to repeat.
The only place vagrants either behave themselves or are pushed out is in Little Italy. Spend some time downtown and you'll notice that Little Italy is distinctively devoid of vagrants. What is Little Italy doing that the rest of downtown is not?
My heart aches for those that are homeless and need help, and so I feel terrible. But I am also angry about having to simply just take it: I've been harrassed, I've seen people expose themselves, and I know I've walked by/through human urine and waste and none of it my choosing. I am NOT bothered by an occasional bum asking for some change. I'm not upset by someone obviously mentally ill yelling obscenities at himself because he cannot help himself. I'm upset when people don't have to follow the law. When they can do whatever they want, and when the City doesn't do anything about it to protect their citizens.
I want to see those who want help to be able to get real help. But I also want to live in my neighborhood and feel safe walking my dog at night, and not to not worry about the health risks of human feces lying in the bushes across the street. We are thousands of residents who deal with these issues in our neighborhoods, in front of our apartments, with our families and our children, every single day, and the City of San Diego should not allow this to happen.
San Diego should not be tolerating any of this. A sidewalk is not an appropriate campsite; we are enabling vagrancy, filth, and excrement in the middle of our city.
Either provide proper mandatory shelter, or give them one-way bus tickets.
@George in BayHo You are so right! I'm sick and tired of the homeless people making our city filthy... we need to have a no-tolerance policy for using our public areas as urinals. We need to use the same "broken window" policy that Giuliani used to clean up New York City in the 90's!