The Atlantic Cities, an online news outlet, recently reported that “Phoenix has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness…a lofty-sounding policy goal that no other U.S. city has achieved.”
Phoenix did this by “prioritizing housing first, then wrapping other services around it,” which is a national best practice for addressing homelessness. Efforts are underway in San Diego to grow our permanent supportive housing stock and undertake similar efforts to end homelessness.
The White House congratulated Phoenix and Mayor Stanton “for their accelerated efforts and for their investments in ending chronic homelessness” and encouraged “mayors and cities across the country [to] follow the outstanding example set by Phoenix and join in on this important effort.”
If Phoenix can do it, so can San Diego!