On January 15, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria delivered his State of the City Address, in which he discussed several of San Diego’s most pressing issues, including homelessness.
He stated “we cannot be America’s Finest City with thousands of our neighbors living on our streets.” Gloria noted that there has been an increase in the number of organizations working toward attracting more funding support to end homelessness.
“There is more momentum on homelessness issues in San Diego than ever before. More and more players, from the business community and service providers, to the public and private sectors, are actively engaged now – putting focus and resources toward ending homelessness,” said iMayor Gloria.
He also highlighted the success of our Campaign. “I’ve continued to work with the Housing Commission, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the Campaign to End Homelessness and homeless service providers to get people off the streets and into permanent housing. The Campaign’s pilot programs successfully provided 225 vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing for street homeless persons in the Downtown area, implementing national best practices to get and keep people off the streets. “
Gloria declared his intention to direct more funds from the city’s General Fund to programs and services that are successful in reducing homelessness, including the continued appropriation of approximately $1.9 million.
As he concluded his discussion on homelessness, he shared his vision and commitment to ending homelessness in downtown San Diego by 2016.