After months of waiting on Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city to leaders to make dramatic moves to help San Diego’s surging homeless population, two power brokers are effectively calling their bluff.
They’ll provide large industrial tents to house the homeless, if city leaders supply the land and political will.
So Padres managing partner Peter Seidler and restauranteur Dan Shea, who have spent months discussing shelter options with Faulconer and others, on Thursday announced philanthropists are prepared to buy tents to temporarily house hundreds now sleeping on the street. The catch is that they’ll need a place to put them – and contracts with outside agencies to operate them.
“We’d like to get them up immediately,” Shea said at a Thursday press conference. “What we did is we introduced a plan in the absence of any other plan for the short term.”
They’ve committed to purchasing multiple tents, which cost an estimated $800,000 each. They believe the tents can serve as a temporary refuge for homeless people while the city builds the housing and other options needed to end their homelessness.
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All this dancing around the fact that the city realizes - There is NO Return on Investment when it comes to the homeless situation. Why invest $20 Million into a cause that has no return on it?
Hello San Diego, We are all creatures of habit and we all have tendencies toward the things we repeatedly think about and do. Most people know the truth in the saying " The definition of insanity is doing and thinking the same things over and over and expecting different results" There REALLY are models and courses of action and examples that really do work to help people improve their lives from the inside out. one great example that comes to mind is the Delancey Street Foundation that started up in San Francisco that helps folks who have hit bottom through peer groups helping and teaching each other one step at a time to develop and practice skills and behaviors that build confidence and self esteem and build new and better habits starting at the simplest of tasks and behaviors. I have been thinking for some time a Delancey Street Chapter or something like it needs to be started here in San Diego for some time. Everyone of us has things in our life we know need to change in order to improve. Weather you are a homeless person or living in luxury we all struggle inside ourselves at times with change and "thinking we can" I know I do! and I am so thankful I have people who love me that are behind me encouraging me through all i go through. I can only imagine how lonely and helpless and unfamiliar of a better or different way some of the homeless are. Most people are not fully aware just how great an influence the thoughts we think the things we see and the things we do RULES who we are and who we are becoming. If WE as people not at the bottom can learn this stuff, WE CAN use it to everyones advantage and work together as one mastermind for change working in perfect harmony for a definite major purpose, Most of you reading this will already know the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else! I believe we will not only help the homeless get out of the gutters we'll get our own butts out of the ruts we find ourselves in what ever there size. I'm ready to start. There are allot of comic book HEROES here in San Diego this week end Who wants to BE a real hero and GIVE themselves to a worthy cause and DO Something?!!! I DO! I love San Diego and people and I do also realize this problem is complicated and that some of the homeless are not all there in there minds and it is a gut wrenching affair to see. I am open and willing to help in this effort keep me posted!
City Council just handed over about 60 million dollars to Westfield and other corporations by removing the Regents Road Bridge from the community plan. Westfield wants all traffic funneled up Genesee Avenue and removing the bridge does that. Removing the bridge means we need two additional fire stations instead of one. The total century cost is 1.4 billion when; man hours in traffic, gasoline and other costs are added in. That is allot of money for the homeless and other city needs. See: https://issuu.com/theclairemonttimes/docs/clairemont_times_may_2017 Page 11
Scott Sherman went along with the vote to buy a run down hotel in the south bay and export some of the homeless from downtown to that hotel, saying that
all the council members need to contribute to the solution of downtown homeless when Alvarez complained about homeless getting dumped into his district.
I haven't read that Sherman is offering to host any kind of homeless shelters in his own district. Hypocrisy of the first order.
@Don Wood Uhhhh, you were saying. Clearly not staying up to date on local news.
Your apology is accepted. Rookies..........
Read the article, learn how "Only Councilman David Alvarez" cast the lone "No" vote.
Once again Alvarez is out of touch with the others.
Again no need to thank me for educating you. It's what I do. You are welcome.
Spent enough of my valuable time with you Grasshopper. You are on your own, have a great weekend.
I share Peter and Dan's frustration, the homelessness issue has reached crises level, this is a state of an emergency and yet government is paralyzed. Unfortunately we see this over and over, government fails to act, the private sector steps forward with a solution only to be stalled by the same government. Give the land, erect the tents and move the homelessness into them where services can be centralized to help those who want more than food and shelter.
The tents have created an environment that is not safe, and actually ENCOURAGES more drug use. Tents are cheap, and provide privacy, which allow more drug use.
If you have to go to the shelter, you can't use drugs. I see "homeless" signs all over our intersections asking for compassion. I don't have compassion for a junkie that needs his next fix. Mental illness, yes. Drug use, no.
We need to make it more difficult and UNCOMFORTABLE for these people to use. Maybe if they didn't have shade, privacy, protection from the elements, it would be just enough to keep a few more people from not wanting to run the cycle one more time.
What happens to a child if you do all of their work for them? It's the same thing. Enforce the rules, create order, and make it HARD for people to exist on the streets. They will find a better way to survive.
Also, put the tents up at the Q. Plenty of room in the corners. Public transportation is there. Set up some portable toilets, and your good. SDSU football should be able to coexist.
@Pete DeMaster I'm curious to see the data demonstrating that an increase in discomfort somehow leads people to seek recovery. Fascinating hypothesis.
Who cares about data when your neighborhoods are overrun with this problem? I'd love to see some data on the number of people that won't leave their apartment at night to walk anywhere because of the drug problems and lawlessness on city sidewalks. My wife and I would be counted in that, because we don't walk in Balboa Park anymore in the evenings. We drive from downtown to Mission Bay or Coronado.
Laws are made to serve everyone, and to keep and restore order. It's time to start enforcing laws again.
In my world, pain is a deterrent. I don't need a public taxpayer funded study to tell me that.
@Pete DeMaster I'm just curious as to whether, without data, you can solve an actual problem or justify a rant?
The sentence "The mayor has said his team continues to work behind the scenes....." reminds me of a person who, on being challenged, asserts that they will stand "behind" the whatever. They stand "far behind", much the same way that the mayor's team works. So far behind that the results of their work are never seen
@rhylton more like the "don't look behind the curtain " line from oz
@mike murphy Access to services.