Our Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego is a proud member of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. As such, we too employ the ‘Housing First’ strategy whereby the most vulnerable, sickest, and chronically homeless individuals are provided permanent housing and support services as a method to end the cycle of homelessness.
We believe in the Housing First manifesto of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. “The bottom line is that it is just too difficult to battle addiction, take care of serious physical and mental health conditions or find steady employment while simultaneously battling homelessness.”
Furthermore, the Housing First approach saves taxpayers money and has a documented track record of successfully ending homelessness.
San Diego has also seen much success with the Housing First philosophy. Over 565 formerly homeless individuals have been taken off the streets of San Diego due to the Campaign’s efforts — nearly 100 of whom were housed over a span of just 3 days! See this video for more details:
Nationally, 235 communities are participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign and more than 82,000 homeless Americans, including more than 23,000 veterans, have been housed. The Campaign expects to reach their goal and house 100,000 homeless persons as early as June of this year!
The 60 Minutes segment on the 100,000 Homes Campaign has prompted much discussion on whether San Diego is broadly utilizing the national best practice of Housing First. We hope you will join us in continuing to advocate that the Housing First model be broadly adopted by our communities.
Together, San Diego can make a difference and change lives!
Ending Homelessness Campaign Coordinator
P.S. Be sure to watch the segment online, and check out the 60 Minutes photo gallery ‘Before and After – From Homeless to Hopeful,’ which features one of our Campaign’s success stories – Wanda at Connections Housing!
|Photo Credit: Kristoffer Newsom, RoguePlanetArt.com|
|Photo Credit: (c)2013 Pam Fessler/NPR|