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There are currently more than 2,000 transitional housing beds in San Diego County for homeless families and single adults. However, an article published last month by Kelly Davis of the San Diego CityBeat reported transitional housing’s shortcomings.
In 2012, nearly one-third of HUD funded transitional-housing programs in San Diego County saw unsuccessful exits in 2012. “Leaving one transitional program to enter another or back on the street is considered by HUD to be an unsuccessful outcome.”
According to CityBeat, HUD recently announced that transitional “programs should aim to move 80 percent of their clients into permanent housing.” If programs don’t meet this goal, their funding might be reduced and region-wide homelessness funding could be jeopardized.
To read the full CityBeat article, click here.
In the past month our most vulnerable populations have faced innumerable challenges in the wake of federal actions. Though legislators have bandaged the budget gridlock, the damage has been done for many individuals, and there is no guarantee that a resolution to Congressional embroilment will happen before the next deadline.
In California, however, crucial decisions have been made by Governor Brown on game-changing legislation. Many measures that will alleviate homelessness were signed into law, and we are pleased to announce the positive outcome of key bills we have been tracking. Our own Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego is likewise seeing valuable momentum, and, as always, we look forward to keeping you up to date on the latest news and policy developments surrounding our efforts.
|Robin Madaffer, Co-Chair
Ending Homelessness Campaign Leadership Team
Ending Homelessness Campaign Coordinator
The government shutdown has ended, but this disaster may have a sequel. Lawmakers approved a budget that will let the Treasury Department pay the bills until the February 7th debt ceiling deadline, but if further agreements aren’t reached by January 15, another shutdown will commence. Although Congress is adamantly asserting that they will prevent this outcome, few solutions have been brought to the table.
The cost of the shutdown is still being debated, but it is estimated to be in the billions. The cost of placing important support networks at risk, however, may be harder to tally. Local programs that rely on federal funding to help the homeless had to shut down orfind new ways to pay rent fees; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development abruptly stopped processing paperwork, keeping people from moving into supportive housing; and the Department of Veterans Affairs struggled to keep up with backdated disability claims. For these already fiscally-stressed networks, a continued pattern of shutdown threats will lead to insecurity for many vulnerable beneficiaries.
With the extensive media attention on Healthcare.gov, many are wondering if the arduous process is worth navigating. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has developed factsheets, toolkits, and other enrollment materials to help providers encourage people experiencing homelessness to apply. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has also outlined the benefits of the Medicaid expansion for the homeless, and recently posted an open letter to Continuum of Cares and Ten-Year Plan Leaders on how to leverage the Affordable Care Act in ending homelessness efforts. Please be sure to utilize these tools to help promote registration for those who are most in need.
To learn more about our work, be sure to check out the 2012 Annual Report for the Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego.
This report was graciously created by Oliver McMillan and Burritt Design.