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San Diego Leaders Aim To End Family Homelessness In County

Aired 11/3/11 on KPBS News.

Civic leaders from around San Diego County are joining together in an effort to end family homelessness.

— Civic leaders from around San Diego County are joining together in an effort to end family homelessness.

The effort includes everything from policy suggestions for lawmakers, to creating different ways for people to access help, to increasing affordable housing in the region. The complete plan can be found at keystohousing.org.

We'll have an interview with Councilman Todd Gloria on Thursday's show, where he'll talk about homelessness in San Diego.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV

San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria is heading up the effort. He says more than 13,000 children in the county were homeless in 2010.

"This is pretty substantial. And one of the things we know is, is this is a result of a lack of about 90,000 affordable housing units in our country," he said. "This is a countywide problem and it needs a countywide solution."

Since 2008 the number of homeless children in San Diego County has increased 83 percent.

The goal of the program is to end family homelessness in the county by 2020.

Comments

Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | November 3, 2011 at 5:07 p.m. ― 3 years ago

There is lots of very inexpensive housing available in Flint and Detroit. I'm pretty sure this isn't a problem everywhere in the country.

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HarryStreet | November 3, 2011 at 5:52 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Finding homes for people isn't the only step to ending the homeless plight. We must also educate them on nieghborhood compliance, respecting thy neighbors, and appreciating the community.

I state this because I live in a neighborhood where 3 families live in a single-dwelling home. They are over-crowded with cars, invite people I suspect to be illegal immigrants, have had numerous visits by the police and border patrol, and all this in a neighborhood once considered a dream place.

One neighbor had to wait and receive a ticket from animal control because she didn't know what the big deal was about allowing her dog to roam the neighborhood and relieve itself without her cleaning up after it. People looking to improve their lives must change their way of thinking to benefit. That in itself will be a challenge.

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