Partners braving the rain in the early morning hours of January 25th included Dr. Susan Angell – Executive Director for Veterans Homeless Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – along with other VA leaders, Assembly Majority Floor Leader Toni Atkins, the Honorable Bonnie Dumanis, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, City Council President Todd Gloria, former Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry, Marshall Merrifield, and current and former Regional Task Force on the Homeless Executive Directors Dolores Diaz and Peter Callstrom — many of whom have joined us in years past.
Canvassing the downtown streets, the progress we are making is clear – last year, 300 fewer unsheltered homeless persons were counted in downtown San Diego, and this year our group encountered people who have been housed during both our Blitz Week and Registry Week efforts! They stopped to tell us they didn’t need to be surveyed this year! Take a look at this Voice of San Diego profile on the 2013 Count which mentions one of our Blitz Week success stories.
However, there is still much work ahead, and the stories of those homeless and vulnerable individuals that we interviewed will stick with us this year as motivation to help those who are in need of housing and services, or even just a job to get back on their feet.
Visit www.endingsdhomelessness.org to learn more about how you can help and get involved in The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego, and go to www.rtfhsd.org to learn more about this important annual event, WeALLCount.
We look forward to updating you on the results of the count when they are released.
Photos by Kristoffer Newsom, www.rogueplanetart.com