Hope4Homeless

A Compassionate, Evidence-Based Approach

We must tackle housing affordability, increase mental health and drug addiction treatment, and broaden our focus on the root causes of homelessness.  Our plan pushes in substantive ways for greater County leadership and intention to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans.

We released our evidence-based Hope4Homeless plan as a call to action for our County to take a major leadership role in tackling this crisis.

Six Key Steps

Connect – Coordinate – Implement – Build – Analyze – Scale

1. Connect. Fund up to 10 homeless navigation/outreach staff to help homeless access services and housing.

2. Coordinate. Prioritize coordination of existing regional services with greater support to Regional Taskforce on Homeless.

3. Implement. Support full implementation of the Regional Homeless Strategic Framework.

4. Build. Leverage up to $100 Million of existing reserve and use land as funding match to build more homeless housing.

5. Analyze. Continuous open, available data analysis of housing production, services, health and recidivism are essential to long-term success.

6. Scale Service. Leverage existing reserve balance and state mental health funding to scale mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention.

How will this help communities in the 4th District of San Diego County?

Almost 60% of all unsheltered homeless people in our region live in the 4th Supervisor’s District! Addressing homelessness is essential to the quality of life of residents and business owners in this District. The County must better support outreach in every community by connecting people to services and homes. The added resources, including professional outreach workers, will be used to partner with the City of San Diego to improve response and support in out neighborhoods. This increased focus on prevention and helping homeless people navigate the existing resources will free up law enforcement within our communities to focus on higher priority public safety issues.

Podcast Episode:

Homelessness
and Band-Aids

Getting to real, long-term action

Hope4Homeless: A call for regional leadership

Our County has a homeless crisis and it impacts us all.

Magnitude of the Issue

9,116

Total homeless

5,621

Unsheltered homeless

23%

Increase in unsheltered homeless over 5 years

39%

Increase in unaccompanied youth homeless

Tackling this crisis requires focus, commitment and compassion. We call for a combination of supporting what we know works and innovative solutions for San Diego. Major elements include:

In addition, we recognize that the long-term path to addressing homelessness requires greater emphasis on youth and mental illness. As a result, we included a specific section to focus on youth.

Special Youth Framework

Just as our StrongStarts4All plan calls for greater support from birth, our Hope4Homeless plan recognizes that long-term solutions require focus on youth.

Core Areas

  • Expanded “Drop-in” Centers
  • Customized Diploma/GED Support
  • Subsidized Transportation
  • Behavioral/Emotional Direct Support
  • Financial Literacy Partnership
  • Paid Work Experience

Investing Early Matters

69% – Homeless San Diegans who have been incarcerated
70% – Decrease in lifetime arrest rate for those with high quality early childhood education

The statistics make clear that focus on youth is a key to long-term change.

Our plan includes several key steps, informed by homeless youth and youth serving providers directly, that the County must do to improve our response to our most vulnerable young people.

Final thoughts

We must tackle housing affordability, increase mental health and drug addiction treatment, and broaden our focus on the root causes of homelessness.  Our plan pushes in substantive ways for greater County leadership and intention to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans.