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San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness

An inside view of the homeless tent shelter at 16th Street and Newton Avenue ...

Credit: Matt Hoffman / KPBS

Above: An inside view of the homeless tent shelter at 16th Street and Newton Avenue in downtown San Diego, Dec. 1, 2017.

San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness


GUESTS:

Marie Jones-Kirk, Carlsbad's community services manager for housing and neighborhood services

Bahija Humphrey, San Diego’s deputy chief of civic projects

Transcript

The San Diego City Council recently voted to keep three industrial tents sheltering hundreds of homeless people open until September. The shelters have failed to meet a goal of moving 65 percent of people into permanent housing. At the same time, city officials are waiting on a third-party assessment of how the shelters have been operating.

RELATED: San Diego Gives Another $2.5 Million To Homeless Tents

As the number of homeless people is rising in Carlsbad, city staff are taking a new approach to try and get people off the streets. The Carlsbad city council recently approved a $244,000 contract to hire two full-time social workers. They will be working alongside the police department's homeless outreach team.

San Diego's Deputy Chief of Civic Projects Bahija Humphrey and Marie Jones-Kirk, Carlsbad's community services manager for housing and neighborhood services explain recent efforts to tackle homelessness Thursday on Midday Edition.

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