Fighting homelessness in San Diego

People looking at real estate in San Diego have likely heard a great deal of news about developments in the fight against homelessness. The city has been banding together to provide services to the homeless, assisting them in the coming winter months and working to eliminate the problem. The numerous developments should help produce a higher quality of life for all San Diegans.

Ending Homelessness Downtown Campaign
A recent article in North County Times detailed that momentum has been building across San Diego in efforts to help homeless individuals permanently get off the streets.

"By combining the focus and resources of the public and private sectors, as well as many nonprofit partners, tangible results are being seen," journalist Todd Gloria wrote.

The city participated in the Ending Homelessness Downtown Campaign, also called Blitz Week, which took place between November 13 and 15. The North County Times revealed that the campaign was rather successful, guiding 82 men and women into permanent housing. Many of these individuals had been identified as the most vulnerable of Downtown's homeless population. In addition, dozens of other homeless individuals were given assistance that is aimed to ultimately get them off the streets.

Connections Housing and winter shelter
Connections Housing is San Diego's new permanent homeless services and housing facility that is set to open in January. This project was started by government officials and received $15.1 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity to finance its construction by UnitedHealthcare and Enterprise Community Investment, Inc, reported Daily Finance. This project will take the role of a one-stop service center and housing for homeless people. It will consist of 73 studio units of permanent support housing, 16 special-needs single-occupancy units and 134 interim-housing beds.

In addition to this ambitious project, the city has made consistent efforts to provide care to the homeless population. According to The Associated Press, the San Diego Housing Commission recently announced that its 220-bed downtown emergency winter shelter is now open, which served more than 730 men and women last year, offering health care, mental health and substance abuse counseling.

"Supporting new approaches will continue to be key to progress," wrote Todd Gloria in the North County Times. "Our focus must be on creating and advancing systems to end the cycle of homelessness. As individuals find success through programs and services, it is critical that enough appropriate support is provided that they do not return to the streets."