Solving the Homeless Problem in Downtown San Diego
Friday, May 15, 2009
What can be done to solve the homeless problems in Downtown San Diego's East Village? The City Council will soon consider proposals to build an intake center and a permanent housing facility for the chronically homeless in the East Village, but both ideas are facing strong opposition from residents in that community.
Doug Myrland: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, now that the winter homeless shelters have closed at least 400 people are now out on their own. The U-T also reported that the system of shelters for homeless people that was in place until last month cost less than $500 thousand. Those don't seem to be huge numbers of people or dollars, considering the scale of our community. So why does the problem persist? Is there anything unique or special about San Diego's homeless issues? Why can't we find effective models from other communities and implement them?
Chris Reed, editorial writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and author of "America's Finest Blog" on signonsandiego.com.
David Rolland, editor of San Diego CityBeat.
JW August, managing editor of 10News.