February 23, 2024
Earlier than and after images of the cleaned up encampment alongside eighth Avenue surrounding the U.S. Submit Workplace. Metropolis of San Diego picture

With the assistance of state grant funds, town has eliminated longstanding homeless encampments in a closely impacted a part of the East Village neighborhood, Mayor Todd Gloria introduced Wednesday.

Thanks to those further assets, we now have been capable of clear these unsafe and unsanitary encampments in downtown, and likewise put those that have been dwelling in them on a path to housing,” Gloria stated in a press release.

Gov. Gavin Newsom famous that the state “has eliminated over 5,600 encampments and is offering funding to native communities to deal with the wants of people dwelling in these areas. It’s time for extra native governments to make the most of these funds to sort out homelessness all through the state.”

In October 2022, town’s Homelessness Methods and Options Division was awarded $2.45 million from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness Encampment Decision to help town company’s E Avenue Encampment Venture. The mission centered on a string of encampments consisting of 76 unsheltered individuals alongside the blocks surrounding the U.S. Submit Workplace and the long-vacant Downtown Central Library, from Broadway to F Avenue and Seventh to tenth avenues in East Village. The aim of this system was to place every homeless individual on a path to long-term housing.

Outreach employees recognized and labored with residents within the goal space, efficiently connecting them to housing, shelter or town’s Secure Sleeping program, based on metropolis officers. 

“There are fewer encampments downtown immediately as a result of this state program helps transfer individuals into the brand new protected sleeping websites, shelter beds and housing created by the mayor and metropolis council,” Councilman Stephen Whitburn stated in a press release. “I’m happy to listen to many residents say they see important enchancment downtown, and there shall be much more progress within the coming yr.”

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.