February 21, 2024
Folks cross by a person sleep subsequent to trash cans in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

The most recent month-to-month report Friday from the Regional Process Power on Homelessness confirmed a small decline within the variety of new homeless people in San Diego, however a cussed lack of inexpensive housing to accommodate them.

The duty pressure stated over 1,000 fewer individuals skilled homelessness within the area for the primary time from October 2022 to September 2023, in comparison with the earlier 12-month interval.

“The info reveals we could have hit our excessive water mark of people starting their homeless expertise. It is a optimistic flip we want,” stated job pressure CEO Tamera Kohler.

Sadly, for each 10 homeless individuals who discovered housing through the interval, there have been 16 individuals who skilled homelessness for the primary time.

The duty pressure cited “unrelenting” lease will increase, an absence of recent housing vouchers, and no new huge residential initiatives like Father Joe’s Villages’ St. Teresa of Calcutta tower downtown.

“Housing and homelessness are immediately tied collectively, and when rental prices go up, so do the numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness,” stated Kohler. “Once we see the most important year-over-year improve in 1Q2023 rents for 1-bedroom items of 30%, we’ll proceed to wrestle to seek out inexpensive items to finish individuals’s homelessness expertise.”

The duty pressure knowledge for October 2022 by means of September 2023 confirmed:

  • 14,258 people skilled homelessness for the primary time, vs. 15,327 within the earlier 12 months
  • 8,843 people exited homelessness, versus 11,861 within the earlier 12 months
  • In September, 1,195 individuals turned homeless whereas 776 have been housed

“These numbers are sobering however current a case for optimism,” Kohler stated. “Lengthy-term success will solely include extra houses for individuals of all earnings ranges; then, we’ve received an actual likelihood to show issues round. Each new housing unit issues.”