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San Diegans Seek Food, Shelter and Jobs During Difficult Times


Aired 4/29/09

As California's unemployment rate hits its highest level since the state began keeping records, the impact of the global recession is taking its toll on San Diegans. We'll examine the resources available to help San Diegans obtain food, housing and jobs as the recession lingers on.

Maureen Cavanaugh: For all of us, the unrelentingly bad economic news of the past year has been disturbing and unpleasant. But for some of us in San Diego, the recession has been a devastating and life-changing event.

This morning, we're going to survey some of the damage done by the economic downturn in San Diego. We'll hear stories of people who have had to cope with losing a job, finding somewhere to live or signing up for help they never expected to need.

The latest "Envision Special: San Diego in Poverty and Recession" program airs tonight, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 7 p.m. on KPBS TV, channel 15, cable 11.


Joanne Faryon, KPBS reporter.

Chris Carter, director of communications for the San Diego Food Bank.

Appaswamy "Vino" Pajanor, executive director of the Housing Opportunities Collaborative.

Chuck Flacks, director of research and policy for the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Gary McDonald, president & CEO of Feeding America San Diego.

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FCNC | June 12, 2009 at 9:07 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

The story presents real poeple that have been affected by the economic realities. Unfortunately, I would predict that greater impacts created by the ripple effect are following. I too have been unexpectedly faced with job loss. My previous employment was involved with helping the kinds of people that are in this story. Though I had appreciation for the challenges, I did not realize how much more difficult it really is for anyone with less skills or qualifications. When people have no income, are out of a job, the bills eventually cannot be paid. The house , the home, the family, everythings goes downhill. I came across this story today and find it hard to believe that there are so few comments. The face of homelessness is changing. Many who never thought they would never be faced with such a situation are finding themselves homeless or on the brink of a personal family crisis.

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