Counting the Homeless, Making Connections, and Changing Lives

Wanda’s StoryAs we reported earlier this year, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) President and CEO Rick Gentry joined hundreds of volunteers to participate in the annual 2013 “WeAllCount” event in January.  District Attorney Dumanis participates each year in the count, and in 2012 she surveyed a homeless woman name Wanda.  At the time of their survey, Wanda repeatedly said she did not want housing and felt safer on the streets – this homeless person was convinced that housing was not suitable for her and that she would live out her days unsheltered. 

One year later, things have dramatically and positively changed for Wanda.

No longer scared of moving off the streets, Wanda exuberantly greeted Dumanis and Gentry during this year’s 2013 count to inform them that she would be moving into permanent housing at Connections Housing, with rental assistance provided by SDHC.

Coupled with supportive services, her new home at Connections Housing will enable Wanda to re-enter and remain stable in our community.  Read more about Wanda’s story of success on the  100,000 Homes Campaign Blog.

Carl’s Story: Connections Housing is impacting hundreds of lives in downtown San Diego.  Another success story is Carl, who was interviewed by City CouncilPresident Todd Gloria during the 2013 WeALLCount event.  Carl is now temporarily housed at Connections Housing, and is “eagerly attending classes and actively taking part in the services available there to help him on the path to transforming his life.” Check out his poetry featured in PATH’s Poverty Insights online publication.

For more information on Connections Housing, visit  To learn more about the Annual WeALLCount initiative, visit or visit the Campaign website to read our special 2013 WeALLCount report and see more photos from the count.