These days, no other local issue is focusing the minds of policymakers and regular folks like San Diego’s extraordinary homeless crisis. Shelters can be one tool to help get people off the streets, but our reporting finds that beds operated by the San Diego Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team often has empty beds despite weeks-long waits elsewhere.
What’s going on? Our Lisa Halverstadt reports that it’s not as easy as some homeless don’t want help. Shelter space run by other nonprofits have a far lower vacancy rate.
The dual role police are playing of tough enforcement, ticketing and overseeing major cleanups has made many homeless reluctant to accept help from officers.
Halverstadt talked to one homeless man who reached out to the police for help and decided it was best to stop pursuing that option.
• “Metropolitan Transit System officials are investigating a complaint filed this past week by a rider who claims she was singled out and harassed by a San Diego Trolley officer because she is homeless.” (U-T)
• The city continues to work on its cop recruitment problem. (U-T)