Mayor Gloria, Chair Fletcher Detail Strategies to Address Pervasive Challenges Contributing to Chronic Homelessness (San Diego Housing Commission)

Date Published: 
June 30th, 2021

From San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's press release:

Recognizing the growing encampments of homeless people on the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego and the difficulty placing unsheltered people suffering from addiction into existing programs, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today detailed a new strategy to address the immediate and long-term challenges facing these vulnerable individuals.

“Homelessness is the most pressing challenge facing our region. The City and County are in lockstep and fully committed to implementing sound policies and proven strategies that will make a transformational difference in the lives of people who are homeless,” Mayor Gloria said. “It is great to finally have a leader at the County who understands that county government has a significant role to play in fighting homelessness. Chair Fletcher gets that.”

The first phase of the ever-strengthening partnership between the City and County will launch on June 28. Outreach teams will hit the streets for a coordinated and geographically concentrated, month-long outreach campaign to connect individuals who are experiencing homelessness to immediate shelter, housing-navigation and behavioral-health services and medical care for those in need.

Bolstering this concentrated outreach campaign is a phased expansion of capacity at four shelters for people experiencing homelessness, made possible by the June 15 easing of statewide COVID-19 restrictions. In the coming weeks, roughly 300 beds will be added at the Paul Mirabile Center (operated by Father Joe’s Villages), two East Village shelters operated by Alpha Project, and Connections Housing (operated by PATH) – bringing total capacity to approximately 1,400 beds. The San Diego Housing Commission administers the contracts for the these and additional City-funded homelessness shelters and services programs.

Read Mayor Gloria's press release, featuring the San Diego Housing Commission.

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