More than any other big city in the nation, San Diego’s homeless providers are relying on an outdated, less effective strategy to reduce the region’s homeless population.
National homelessness advocates are pushing cities to dial back on transitional housing and ramp up so-called housing-first programs, which focus on quickly housing people rather than months- or years-long interventions first. Transitional housing programs are focused on helping homeless people stabilize before they access permanent housing; housing-first programs are like the name suggests — they first provide the housing and then follow up with services based on a person’s needs.
Federal officials have said the housing-first method works best and are urging cities to shift to that model or risk losing federal cash.
This presents a challenge for San Diego, which rose in national homeless population rankings this year. The region has a larger share of transitional housing stock than any other top-20 metro area in the nation.
A Voice of San Diego analysis of regional data reported to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development reveals about 46 percent of beds available for San Diego’s homeless are tied to transitional programs. The average among other the nation’s other top 20 metros is 19 percent.
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First off the politicians have to intentionally, deliberately, and with malice create a housing shortage. Then with token and incredibly expensive housing programs they pretend to solve the very problem they created. In the meantime good paying jobs are created for people wanting to do good. You can see it on a macroeconomic scale. Since President Johnson commenced the War on Poverty in 1964 about $22 trillion has been spent to alleviate it. In 1964 the Poverty rate was about 15%, and in 2012 it was about 15%. Where did all the money go? Mostly to Democrats studying, analyzing, and advising the poor. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/09/the-war-on-poverty-after-50-years
Playing with words! So you take ALL the transitional housing programs and re-label the beds as "housing." There you go, you have 100% eliminated the transitional housing issue and your "world class" city can now bask in the glow of being a "top" city. BTW, I love this crap about "solving the homeless" problem; when you have a climate where people can live year-round in the freeway bushes, and no border guards at the county line, how do you expect to ever "solve" the homeless issue?
Housing First is a viable approach to housing the homeless. However, there is a shortage of resources to extensively implement it. The strategy requires the provision of comprehensive services, as well as the housing itself. The cost per client is very expensive (perhaps up to $100,000 per person annually, at the start). Agencies like the San Diego Housing Commission may have some money to build new units, but little or no funds for services. The County Health Dept. has some funding for mental health services, but near enough to meet the need. Other sources are limited. The other problem is the allocation of affordable housing money to build new units. San Diego County builds perhaps 200 to 300 new, affordable housing units per year, using all sources of affordable housing money. Those units are provided for all underprivileged people, homeless, vets, the working poor, etc. Local, state and Federal governments need to increase the resources to housing the poor.
Thanks to the feckless leadership of Councilpersons Todd Gloria and David Alverez; we find the homeless abandoned on the doorstep of our city. The dos amigos are busy kissing up to special interests and cannot find the time to address the problems of those in need in their districts.
@Richard Gardiol Awww, what nasty custodians "abandoned" those hapless homeless on your doorstep? From what I see, those homeless made a choice to show up on the city's doorstep. Why do you always blame the politicians for not fixing what somebody else chose to create? And remember, when a politician "fixes" something, that always involves spending somebody else's money, so let's put the homeless burden where it really belongs; raise the taxes on electricians and plumbers and bus drivers and waitresses so we can provide free services to the homeless.