San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Credit: Matt Hoffman / KPBS
Marie Jones-Kirk, Carlsbad's community services manager for housing and neighborhood services
Bahija Humphrey, San Diego’s deputy chief of civic projects
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.
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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